Health and wellbeing
Promoting a healthy workforce benefits our business by increasing productivity and reducing the costs of people taking time off work due to illness. We have identified two main risks to health and wellbeing associated with office workplaces, where most of our people are based. These are work-related stress and injuries connected to workstation ergonomics. Our companies seek to create an environment where people feel able to discuss any issues, including stress, with their manager or human resources department. Our companies also assess the risk of work-related stress through regular staff surveys and by monitoring issues raised via our Right to Speak helpline, Employee Assistance Programs and during exit interviews.
Initiatives to combat workplace stress vary by company but include:
- Employee Assistance Programs – a source of confidential advice, support and counselling.
- Flexible benefit programs, including subsidised childcare.
- Flexible work arrangements enabling people to work part-time or from home.
- Medical checks and health screening.
- Training on stress and time management.
Ensuring our workstations follow good practice design reduces problems such as repetitive strain injury or back problems.