Employee Wellness with Alain Buffing
Employee wellness is now an important consideration for businesses who are serious about the growth of their company, making the insights of health entrepreneur Alain Buffing more relevant than ever.
Alain, speaking via a video call from Amsterdam, joined ProfileTree to discuss taking a holistic approach to heath and to explore the concept of wellness.
Although now known for being co-founder of online health business The Temple, Alain explained that his background is as an experienced traveller and entrepreneur who grew up surrounded by business owners in his own family.
Studying entrepreneurship, therefore, seemed the right choice.
In our video interview, Alain shared his own career path to becoming part of a successful online health and wellness business.
“From an early age, I was inspired by the strong characters within my family which led me to study entrepreneurship at university. When I was completing that, I got familiar with travelling and did my internship in Thailand. During my time as a student, I was experimenting a bit with entrepreneurship. One thing I did during my student years was to create a new dating concept.
“We called it dinner dates and it was me and three other girls from my student group. Basically we had to approach people on the street and we would tell them this new concept. We matched people in groups of four. You needed to sign up with one of your friends and the whole package would include a bottle of sangria and some tapas for example. We ran a few of these dating events, but after my studies I kind of knew the dating scene wasn’t my niche.
“I then joined a few different start-ups after my studies. I worked for Rocket Internet, who are quite famous around Europe. I then created a travel programme for a Dutch agency, which was very interesting. They were one of the first online agencies to travel into Myanmar/Burma.
“Afterwards I joined Salesforce, which at the time, was rated one of the most innovative companies in the world. That was how I ended up moving to Dublin, as Dublin is where many tech companies are based.”
A move to Berlin had a huge effect on both Alain’s working life and personal health.
“I then moved around to a few other companies and ended up moving to Berlin. In April 2018, I started my own nutrition company called The Temple.
“I started The Temple as I saw in the companies I worked for, people putting their nutrition second to their work. You would then see some people be a little stressed over work and what we wanted to offer was a subscription-based holistic solution in which we could help them with their nutrition needs.
“Ever since I’ve started The Temple, on a personal level I have lost over eight kilos of body fat. I’m also feeling more energetic than ever and also more focused.”
Alain continued by explaining more about The Temple.
“Even if you look at companies who do focus a lot on health and have extraordinary company benefits, the pressure is still high, some people do suffer a burnout. Other people cope with stress in different ways. Some people do it with sports, others with drinks, some might even do it with sugar and some even use cigarettes as a stress release.
“I gave a presentation about the rise of burnout rates and stress. It is very interesting to see the statistics. Every year more people feel more stressed and two out of ten people suffer from a burnout. Jobs do get more demanding and I think if we don’t take time to focus on ourselves, things can easily go wrong.
“I do think these companies do realise if you don’t focus on employee wellness, attrition rates may drop. So there is a focus, but we had the feeling that a solution like The Temple wasn’t on the market yet. We offer subscription-based products for people who don’t have time to dive into the information when it comes to healthy nutrition.”
To find out more about Alain and The Temple, watch our full Business Leaders video interview.
The Temple – https://www.thetemple.io/
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