As part of World Wellbeing Week (22-26 June), our health & safety manager Dr Ruth Hartley and HR advisor Leah James take time to reflect on the importance of wellbeing in the workplace, particularly during these challenging times.
At nmcn, our people’s wellbeing is a big priority to us. Mental and physical health as well as providing wider support all play an important part – and together we’re not just striving for everyone to be ‘ok’, we want to help our people build resilience and feel the best they can.
Mental health awareness
We’ve been working hard over the past two years to improve the mental health strategy at nmcn, to build awareness and support so people know how to spot the signs of declining mental health and where to go for help.
During the pandemic, we’ve been asking our people to rate their mental health daily on a scale of really struggling to thriving. For those with low scores, we follow up with a call or an email to offer them support. Interestingly, most people rate their mental health as ok or better.
To support anyone struggling with their mental health, we have trained mental health first aiders in the business who people can speak to. We also have online resources for advice on things like diet, sleep, exercise, talking and staying connected.
A number of our senior managers have spoken openly about their struggles with mental health and the response to this has been overwhelming. These managers can really empathise with people in a similar situation and it demonstrates that mental health struggles won’t hold people back from progressing in their career.
We’ve found that our people, especially those working on our sites, are really supportive of each other and openly talk about mental health, which is great to see. Site workers have asked to be trained as mental health first aiders and are helping support our quest to improve everyone’s wellbeing.
Keeping physically healthy
Promoting positive physical health is also a big focus of ours so we have a number of schemes to help. Not only does it support our people to be healthier, it can also improve mental health.
We go above and beyond to support physical health, have private health schemes and gym memberships available for our monthly paid staff. As cycling has grown so much in popularity through lockdown, we have put plans in place to reintroduce our cycle to work scheme in August.
We also support awareness days from Dry January and testicular cancer awareness month right through to and Stoptober and Movember. It’s great to see so many people get involved in these days.
Support and guidance
We know that currently it’s a financially tough time for a lot of people and money is a notoriously difficult topic to talk about it. That’s why we offer our people access to financial guidance through our Employee Assistance Programme, and have consultations around pension support and life assurance.
For those needing personal support, we have resources in place to signpost them to organisations who can provide further help. This includes those who have lost someone close to them, as well as support for women or men suffering from domestic violence.
We’re working hard to support our people in many aspects of their lives. Wellbeing comes in many different forms and together we are helping each other build our resilience every single day.
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