Wellbeing at work

02/04/2020
April marks Stress Awareness month and with the current state the world is in, it’s more important than ever to look after ourselves and manage our stress levels.

The average person spends 90,000 hours of their life working. Poor employee mental health can be due to many things, connected to or separate from the workplace and, without effective management, can seriously impact our peoples productivity, career prospects and wider health. [1]

At DCC, we treat wellbeing as a priority and have several measures in place to help our colleagues reduce their stress levels and feel happy and healthy.

Ordinarily, our employees can take advantage of flexible working hours and are entitled to one work from home day a week, where possible, to relieve the stresses of commuting and balance work and personal priorities. During this period where the vast majority of our colleagues are working from home fulltime, we are ensuring that they are looked after by providing guides and tips on working from home safely and providing a Safe & Well register where colleagues can share their working and wellbeing status daily. We are also asking colleagues to avoid putting in meetings between 12:30-1:30pm and past 5pm to help ensure our people have some focussed time without interruptions, a proper lunch break, or to take daily exercise.

In each of our offices we have a dedicated Calm Room. This is a protected space where colleagues can meditate, pray or just take a moment to breathe whenever it is needed. We also provide our colleagues with professional massages, meditation sessions and free, premium membership to Headspace, a popular mindfulness app.

We have trained Mental Health first aiders and Wellbeing Champions who provide our employees with support, as well as 24/7 access to an anonymous helpline, where colleagues can talk to a trained professional about both work and personal worries.

Whilst there are always ways we can better what we do at DCC, we are proud of the level of support we offer our colleagues, particularly during this stressful time.

As well as what we offer as a business to our employees, it’s also important to take responsibility of our own stress levels and ensure we are doing everything we can to be healthy, both inside and out. Employees who can take proactive measures to manage their mental health and wellbeing, can give their best at work. Poor mental health impacts employees, their families, employers and the state. [2]

I hope you take the steps necessary to protect your wellbeing and keep your stress levels at a manageable point. To help you remember, watch out for calming images coming your way on LinkedIn over the next few days!

 

[1] https://www2.deloitte.com/content/dam/Deloitte/uk/Documents/public-sector/deloitte-uk-workplace-mental-health-n-wellbeing.pdf

[2] https://www2.deloitte.com/content/dam/Deloitte/uk/Documents/public-sector/deloitte-uk-workplace-mental-health-n-wellbeing.pdf