In today’s society, there are increasing pressures – both inside and outside work – with a faster pace of life, higher expectations, social media (life through filters) and often more information and/or choices than we know what to do with. All of which can impact (in varying degrees) on our physical and/or mental health. Taking pro-active steps to focus on self-care, physically and mentally, can make all the difference in ‘taking back control’ and building resilience to face in to the challenges of the changing world around us.
We spend such a large proportion of our adult life at work and as a corporate and socially responsible business, we not only recognise the importance of health & wellbeing of our people, but also the positive impact that we can have on our wider networks and communities. It is no longer about work-life balance, but a focus on the wellbeing of our ‘whole self’ and our work-life integration. Focusing on and supporting a healthier future for our people is not only the right thing to do… it makes business sense!
Our Health & Wellbeing journey…
In writing this blog, it was difficult to know where to begin, there is so much to write about.
At Bespak, we could focus on our agenda over the past 12 months, how we have continued to build upon our health events and promotions, which have included blood pressure checks, smoking cessation sessions, wellbeing in the workplace sessions, time 2 talk and weekly ‘walk and talk’ sessions with our Mental Health First Aiders, mental health awareness week (with a packed agenda of activities), mindfulness sessions, suicide prevention day and men’s mental health (as part of international men’s day). We could talk to the introduction of our new Occupational Health Provider or ongoing Employee Assistance Programme that we offer, including a portal full of useful information and fact-sheets.
At Aescia, we could talk to how Heath & Wellbeing has been a key focus across our Italy, Germany and UK sites including recent sponsored Walkathons, active breaks, Mental Health awareness campaigns, the introduction of Mental Health First Aiders, Annual Flu vaccinations, NHS Mini MOTs, ergonomic reviews… to name a few!
But, what we really wanted to share is what brings this all to life. We can share with you our personal learnings along the way (in terms of the part we have played in building and leading a Health & Wellbeing agenda) and what we believe will keep us moving forward into 2020, stronger, healthier and more united in our approach.