Improving wellbeing in the workplace
Time to Talk Day 2023
At Amphigean, we understand the importance of supporting our employees to have good mental health and wellbeing. ‘Time to talk’ day provides the perfect opportunity to announce our newly awarded Better Health at Work Silver Award; for promoting a culture of healthy living, in the workplace and beyond.
“Time to Talk Day (2nd Feb 2023) is the nation’s biggest mental health conversation. Happening every year, it’s a day for friends, families, communities, and workplaces to come together to talk, listen and change lives.” – Mind
Amphigean’s ‘Health Advocates’ worked hard on this award, implementing policies and championing campaigns around the following themes:
- Mental Health and Wellbeing,
- Sustainable Living,
- and Financial Wellbeing.
How do we support our employees with their mental health and wellbeing?
1. Giving back through charity volunteering days
Our main campaign to support employee’s wellbeing was getting together and giving back through charity volunteer days. Our visits to Bendrigg Trust were a chance for the team to leave the home office space, see each other face-to-face and work together as a team to help others.
2. Providing access to resources
We also offer a variety of resources including a wellbeing calendar, encouraging employees to focus on self-care – such activities were non mandatory and to take part in as and when they wanted to.
Through Microsoft Teams, we created an area which is open to all where we included information on mental health and wellbeing with links to organisations that specialise on the subject and offer support.
3. Professional support
Our employees also have access to Benenden Health, a private health care provider which supports both physical and mental health needs. The service comes with access to extensive resources including a mobile app complete with a ‘Wellbeing Hub’ with practical advice and activities available 24/7.
Amphigean Director, Dave Bowler, has also recently passed a FAQ L2 Adult Mental Health: Workplace Responder Qualification to be our Mental Health First Responder.
“Better Health at Work is now engrained within the organisation; our team expect challenges and activities on a regular basis and engage with these wholeheartedly. We believe Better Health at Work makes us a better employer and enriches our employees with skills and knowledge that will improve their long-term health and wellbeing.” – Dave Bowler, Director at Amphigean
Plans for the future
We hope to expand on the hard work we’ve done to achieve the Silver Award and are next hoping to invite a relevant guest speaker to help inspire and instigate more conversations around wellbeing amongst our team. We’re also looking at having an e-learning course delivered to all employees in the near future, to help raise even more awareness.
“Amphigean should be very proud of such a conscientious silver submission. It is apparent that the board and team are receptive to continuous improvement and striving to become the best employer possible. They are aspirational in all areas of the business and staff health and wellbeing is no exception. The campaigns that were delivered are very good quality and offered a good balance of information and interaction and the materials developed to support them were dynamic and engaging. The added value that Amphigean has derived from their Award activity is tangible and illustrates the commitment and buy-in from the whole organisation and everyone in it.” – Susanne Nichol, Better Health At Work Award, Programme Coordinator
A huge thank you and well done to Caitlin Elliott and Dave Bowler for their hard work on getting us this award. Next stop…. Gold!