Last week, our bankers took a break from balancing the books to learn basic self-defense techniques. That has a nice kick to it, right?
Sponsored by the Women’s Employees Resource Group (ERG), team members were invited to participate in a Women’s Self-Defense Class at Red Dragon Martial Arts Academy in Hatfield, PA.
Whether you’re at home, at the grocery store, or at work, you never know when disaster will strike. At Penn Community Bank, we take pride in giving our team members the tools to protect themselves, their family, and their community – because that’s what matters most.
While team-building and training sessions are common in our organization, we decided to add a unique approach to the mix, with the intention of empowering our team members in a different kind of way. Connecting with colleagues through entertaining yet beneficial activities beyond the work environment is vital to creating a collaborative employee culture. Additionally, we believe that personal health and wellness – a main focus of the Women’s ERG – has an undeniable impact on work performance and stress management.
- The two-hour informative and hands-on seminar, led by professional martial artists, focused on instructing participants on the following curriculum:
- Basic hand-to-hand training: Basic structure of hand-to-hand training on how to throw punches and kicks properly and accurately, while understanding the difference between speed and power and how to utilize each.
- Situation defense training: Focused on how to deal with some of the most common assault situations that most women encounter in today’s world.
- Ground assault / sexual assault training: How to deal with different threats while on the ground laying face-up. 100% of attacks start standing up and nearly 85% of those attached end up on the ground – the last place anyone wants to be.
Physical and sexual violence against women is becoming more prevalent in the United States, highlighting the need for self-defense education more than ever before. Studies show that self-defense classes tend to decrease a woman’s fear and anxiety about being attacked while increasing her confidence, sense of self-efficacy, and self-esteem. These classes also make women stronger and more confident in their body and more comfortable in interactions with strangers.
Our Women’s ERG is a voluntary, employee-led group that fosters a diverse, inclusive workplace aligned with organizational mission, values, goals, business practices, and objectives. This is just one way that we provide employees with the support and resources to express their needs and concerns both in their personal life and work.
To learn more about our company culture, please visit www.PennCommunityBank.com.