Mental Health & Wellbeing

Stress, depression and mental health issues are unfortunately increasingly common in the UK. Around 1 in 4 people will experience a mental health problem each year. Alongside initiatives to promote physical good health, mental health is central to the Group's Wellbeing strategy. We know that companies that prioritise employee engagement and wellbeing outperform others. Encouraging our employees to talk about mental health can make a real difference to an individual's wellbeing, but also productivity, presenteeism and retaining the talented people we need to make the business a success.

The Group's aim is for our employees to feel trusted and empowered to make adult to adult choices. This creates a positive proactive culture which allows employees to flourish and achieve their full potential.

Our approach is built around seven principles:

  1. Demonstrate senior level buy-in
  2. Demonstrate accountability and recruit Employee Champions
  3. Raise awareness about mental health
  4. Update and implement policies to address mental health problems in the workplace
  5. Ask staff to share personal experiences of mental health problems
  6. Equip line managers to have conversations about mental health
  7. Provide information about mental health and signpost to support services  

 

There are a number of steps we have put in place:

  • Trained 135 Mental Health First Aiders, meaning we now have at least one on every floor, in every site.
  • Given people managers mental health and resilience training through our 'Engage' programme
  • Formed a partnership with the charity Mind in England and their partner charity the Scottish Association for Mental Health, where the Group fundraises to support people in a time of need via Mind's national helpline
  • Become gold partners of This Can Happen, a charity focussed specifically on tackling mental health in the workplace
  • Encouraged open and honest discussion about challenges some colleagues face daily through our #ThisIsMe campaign
  • Backed the Where's Your Head At? Campaign calling for mental health provision to be put on an equal footing with physical first aid
  • Run our first Mental Health First Aider's conference allowing 650 colleagues to come together and collaborate with renowned mental health campaigners                       

 

In addition we provide colleagues with:

  • Free flu jabs on-site
  • Awareness campaigns encouraging people to take the stairs
  • Hydration campaign discussing the need to drink water regularly
  • Posture improvement trial
  • Lunchtime sessions offering exercise classes, holistic treatments and mindfulness session