Tuesday, August 11, 2020

Tech firm launches workplace wellbeing programme

A Yorkshire-based tech firm has partnered with a workplace health specialist to launch a digital assessment programme to support staff health and wellbeing.

The move comes as Elland’s Vapour Cloud opens its doors to enable a safe return to work for employees who want to come back, following the COVID-19 lockdown.

A 30-minute confidential health questionnaire has been deployed to the whole workforce, to better understand their current physical and psychological health.

Covering everything from nutrition, hydration and physical activity to anxiety, depression and stress in the workplace, the findings are instantly summarised and given back to every individual in the form of a personal health report.

The aim is to encourage them to think more closely about their own wellbeing and take steps to optimise their wellness levels when working in the office or from home.

The company-wide results have also been collated anonymously in a more detailed document with measurable actions, for Vapour’s senior management team to review and implement as the weeks unfold.

At an employer level, the goal is to improve the organisation’s agility and resilience to the current health crisis, better protect the workforce and mitigate the threats to business continuity.

The process will be repeated in three months’ time, and again six months after that, to continually monitor what is a movable situation. This investment will see Vapour accredited as a ‘Champion Employer’ for the next 12 months.

“The psychological impact of lockdown, social distancing, work-life juggles, loss of loved ones and general anxieties surrounding the pandemic, have all been widely documented,” said Head of Operations and Compliance Carol McGrotty.

“So, as we continue to think about our true duty of care to staff – beyond simply legislative compliance – we wanted to ensure we provide a safe environment for colleagues to review their mental health. And of course, we’ll implement as many improvements as we can, to strengthen our collective wellbeing.”

When considering the reasons for investing in the Champion Health programme specifically, she added: “We’ve followed Champion Health’s story from the very beginning, as founder Harry Bliss has been speaking to our CEO Tim Mercer for some time about the savvy use of tech for good in the workplace.

“Harry’s model helps to uncover and proactively address health issues which may otherwise remain unidentified. His stats show that in a typical organisation of our size, four people may have thought about taking their life at some stage. This shows how crucial it is for employers to sit up and pay attention to what remains a relatively untapped form of ‘first aid’.”

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