Celebrating our Silver Better Health at Work Award

The main aim of the Better Health at Work Award is to improve employee physical and mental health and wellbeing, and this is something we are passionate about.

Throughout the pandemic we have continued our Better Health at Work journey and we have achieved our Silver award this month. We have strived to support our colleagues whether they have been working from home or in the branch, face to face with our members.

The team have completed many activities from ‘Dry January’ and ‘Dechox’ in March 2020 to our physical activity nomination challenge in May and the big team health and wellbeing challenge that ran for 6 weeks in October and November 2020. We have looked at not only improving our physical health but also our mental health with mindfulness activities and advice on how best to manage a whole range of factors that can affect your mental health.

In 2020 we worked on our four main health and wellbeing priorities which were mental health, physical activity, healthy eating, and work/ life balance and have really focused on different ways we can interact with most of the team working from home. We have had weekly zoom calls for the whole team and smaller department sessions to ensure everyone had a chance to be involved.

We have created and distributed huge amounts of information and signposting for our team to be able to reference whenever and however they need to. Every member of our team has been involved in their own way supporting each other through these difficult times and to be able to achieve the Silver award level during a pandemic has been fantastic.

But the journey does not end there, we are already making great strides this year with our Land’s End to John O’ Groats virtual walking challenge during February 2021 and a planned mental health focus month for March.