Wellbeing is a strong pillar in making the bank a great place to work. It’s closely aligned with Our Values, Our Ambition and helps our employees bring the best of themselves to work. With full senior executive support we’ve rolled out our wellbeing programme across three main pillars: Physical, Mental and Social and we have started to put in place support against our fourth area of Financial Wellbeing.
Our wellbeing engagement scores have increased by 10% over the last three years and will continue to build our wellbeing programme by offering support, resources, personal stories and engaging tools.
Here’s how we helped our colleagues stay well in 2017:
We won the Global Challenge 1st Most Active Organisation - Financial Industry.
This was the third year we’ve taken part in the challenge, and this year over 34,000 employees signed up. Over 20,000 personal health checks were undertaken through the health kiosks we set up in our main locations.
Mental health and social wellbeing
We continued to promote our mental health support and resources including mindfulness and our mental health toolkit. This remains part of our support for Time to Change (the UK’s biggest programme to challenge mental health stigma), which we’ve supported since 2014.
Our Workplace Wellbeing Group has c.26,000 members and in May we ran the #1in4 Mental Health Awareness campaign with unprecedented results. Many of our colleagues shared their personal stories and experiences and we continue to see our managers complete our Mental Health Awareness training. Now, they’re better at spotting signs of mental health issues at work and giving support to the colleagues who need it.
We’ve also continued to see a high number of colleagues using our Employee Assistance Programme, which teaches them ways of dealing with change and building their resilience.
To help our colleagues develop a work life balance, to create an inclusive, flexible working culture and to help us focus on our customers’ needs, we offer choice in working locations and patterns.
- Support and guidance offered to all colleagues through a web portal
- The exit of Premier Place again reduced the size of our London offices, enabled by flexible working and the design of collaborative workspaces in our other buildings
- We set up a number of spoke sites across the country making it easier for colleagues to work closer to home and closer to customers