Mental health is an increasingly topical issue across workplaces throughout Britain, with one in six workers suffering from conditions such as anxiety, depression or stress. To mark World Mental Health day, the QEII Centre reveals the measures and ongoing initiatives it has put in place to support staff with their mental wellbeing.
Although there is no better feeling than running a successful event there are inevitably stresses and strains involved with doing so. The industry is fast paced, with long hours and tight deadlines and it can at times feel relentless. How do you ensure you are able to meet client expectations and keep yourself feeling good?
At the QEII Centre, we have embedded a positive and supportive culture as well as providing employee assistance programmes. These have contributed to a prosperous and happy work environment with employees aware that there are several avenues of support available to them should they require it. These initiatives comprise:
• An Employee Assistance Programme that covers staff and their family throughout the year. The service offers both reactive and proactive support and includes everything from counselling to confidential conversations
• A qualified mental health first aider, whose door is always open to staff. They are trained to spot when a staff member requires help as well as knowing how to talk about mental health requirements
• Staff are offered the opportunity to attend yoga once a week. Providing staff with the opportunity to get away from the stress and strains at their desk and relax and meditate during the session
• Ensuring staff achieve a work-life balance. There is excellent co-operation within teams and across the organisation to help staff when workloads escalate
• In addition to quarterly staff awards, there are several ways in which the contributions of the QEII workforce are recognised. There is an annual away day as well as Summer School, where staff get to try one or two new activities per week in August
• Staff are offered the opportunity to develop their interests and skills outside the organisation by taking up to three days Volunteering leave. Volunteering is linked to improved health and wellbeing and covers two of the NHS Five Ways to Wellbeing
We continue to evaluate our initiatives and look at ways in which we can continue to support our staff. Diane Waldron, Director of Sales & Marketing, is leading a cross-team staff working group to identify how we can further develop emotional wellbeing provisions at the QEII Centre.