The challenges created by the COVID-19 pandemic, racial injustice, political division, and many other issues around the globe have taken their toll on our mental, emotional, financial, physical, career and community wellbeing. There are no simple answers to these complex issues that affect each person differently, but we are putting our people first to anticipate and support their wellbeing needs.
Our Employee Assistance Programme (EAP) is available globally for our people and eligible family members to access free, confidential counselling and support. EAP also offers shared resources on topics such as managing stress, dealing with loss, and referrals to local financial or legal help.
In May 2021, we launched a new Mental Health Allies programme in the UK, with a pilot following in the US and the intention of rolling it out across other markets. Mental Health Allies are employees who volunteer for training in how to listen and guide others to key resources. As part of this initiative, we are building a Wellbeing Academy at the centre of WPP, where Allies and HR professionals will be able to seek support, continuous learning and advice.
We run a Safe Room discussion series to give our people spaces for open and honest conversations. This is open to our various communities across the network.
To recognise World Mental Health Day and other international mental health awareness moments, we curate global programmes of wellbeing events, mindfulness sessions and educational wellbeing resources.
We are also founding partners of the Global Business Collaboration for Better Workplace Mental Health, to advocate for – and accelerate – positive change for mental health in the workplace.
If you work at WPP you can find details on how to access free and confidential counselling and support, physical and mental resources and other wellbeing news here.
Connecting with our people
Delivered to over 100,000 people worldwide, The Weekly – WPP’s internal newsletter – showcases the latest news, work and thinking from across the network. It includes business updates, celebrates important cultural moments and fosters a sense of community for our people.
We host virtual, global CEO-led townhalls, allowing our people to hear from the company’s leadership directly and ask questions on topics of importance to them.
We launched WPP TV in Spring 2020, in the midst of lockdown, as a channel for people across WPP to come together to share their creativity, expertise and insights with one another. Sourced from more than 100,000 colleagues worldwide, WPP TV programming celebrates the people at the heart of WPP and their extraordinary work.
If you work at WPP, you can tune in to WPP TV here.