Our people – our impact
The health and wellbeing of our people has always been incredibly important to us. It is great for staff and it is good for business. We have created a comprehensive wellbeing programme over the past two years and produced some impressive results:
- Sessions with nutritionists and mindfulness experts.
- Regular lunchtime running and walking clubs.
- Exercise classes during office hours.
- Cycling and walking: we reward people who cycle or walk to work with extra holiday and pay mileage for business cycling and walking, and as a result, 30% of staff cycle to work.
- Free breakfast and fruit every day: 100% of staff who’d used this said that it had improved their health, and the number of employees eating a healthy diet rose by 25% from 2015/16 to 2016/17.
- Meditation: trialling Virtual Reality technology for meditation in the office.
- Staff volunteering: 100% of staff participated in team volunteering, with 39% taking part in extra volunteering independently.
- Personal development: on average, each employee had 39 hours of training, up from 26.6 hours in 2014/15, exceeding our target of 30 hours.
- Flexible working: 100% of staff took advantage of flexible working (e.g. core hours, remote working) with the number of formal flexible working requests approved (e.g. part-time, compressed hours) increasing from two to five employees in 2016/17.
- Our average sick days per employee has fallen from 3 in 2015/16 to 2.2 in 2016/17.
Our health related presenteeism and absenteeism is 15% lower than our sector average