In truth, we started this drive last year winning the Devon & Cornwall Venus Award for Employer of the Year and The Exeter Better Work Place award for Best Space for Wellbeing. Our next step is to further our commitment to the wellbeing of our team by recognising and talking about mental health. We recognise that 1 in 4 people may suffer from mental health issues so we want to make sure we can support anyone in our team who faces these problems.
To help us on our way we have committed to the Time to Change campaign supported by the charities, Mind and Rethink Mental Health. Signing their pledge drives the changes we need to make to how we think and act about mental health in the workplace. Recognising that mental health and physical health are equally important to our wellbeing is getting talked about across the team. Our Payday breakfast was a great start to our conversations!
Developing this shift takes time and needs subtle yet significant changes to allow people to be their best – so a new performance approach, staff mentoring, effective workload planning and promoting a shared vision of where the company is going are a few of the other things we are looking at developing in 2019 to keep our work environment a great place to be working in.
However, we love the little changes that we know make a huge difference to our wellbeing in the working day. Things like taking time for a power walk to recharge the brain, time for a coffee to chat about a tricky project and enjoying Friday wind down drinks. Plus, having thoughtful treats when someone seems a tad overwhelmed can make a massive difference to someone’s stress levels.
Time To Change is a great movement of over 900 employers in England who recognises that businesses need to keep staff as well as customers happy. We are delighted to be part of it and see a lot more gratitude and kindness sprinkled around the Chalk + Ward team this year!