Improving the Health and Wellbeing of your people
Poor mental health can have a devastating impact on individuals’ lives and it costs UK businesses more than £30 billion annually. With more and more office-based jobs, physical inactivity has taken over from smoking as the leading cause of preventable death. Businesses increasingly understand the significance of the issues and recognise that they can be part of the solution. It is important to recognise that a healthy workforce is the brain behind a healthy business.
WSP started working on its health and wellbeing strategy three years ago and whilst there has been great progress there is still much more to be done. We’ll talk through what we have done so far, the achievements and the challenges, and the very practical things we are doing to support the health and wellbeing of our people in the workplace. We’ll share some insight and inspiration to both encourage and learn from others on their health and wellbeing journey.
Our National health and wellbeing campaign across WSP is called Thrive. We aim to create a workplace that attracts, develops, engages and retains our people.
Within our Manchester office we have 10 fully trained Mental Health First Aiders available to support colleagues and spot the signs and symptoms of poor mental health. We have various ongoing initiatives to promote a healthy mind and healthy body – these include Mindfulness webinars, yoga/pilates classes, wellbeing walks, stress awareness courses, online wellbeing assessments and more. We will discuss these initiatives, the pros/cons of these, and the advantages they bring to the workforce/tips for implementing these into your own business.
We will host the event in our new office at First Street which is currently going through the process for Fitwel certification. Hopefully this will give a visual idea to those that attend of how we have incorporated the wellbeing of our colleagues into the built environment.
About the Speakers:
Laura Callaghan has been part of WSP for nearly two years and is currently WSP Manchester’s Health & Wellbeing Lead. She actively leads a team of eight Health & Wellbeing office representatives and plays a key part in getting health and wellbeing ideas off the ground and into action. Laura specialises in social sustainability and is also a fully trained Mental Health First Aider following a training course provided by Mental Health First Aid England earlier this year. Besides being the Lead of WSP Manchester’s Health & Wellbeing initiative, Laura is an Environmental Consultant working within the Environmental Due Diligence team, so is fully aware of the importance of maintaining a healthy work-life balance!
Interested In The Event?
If you’re interested in attending, you can book online here.