HR departments are getting more and more in touch with the importance of wellbeing, but sometimes this is lost in translation when communicated to staff.
For example, this year’s National Stress Awareness Day called on employers to recognise that their workforce wellbeing is their prime investment; especially with one in four Brits taking time off work due to stress but blaming it on physical illness.
Taking this to heart, the Virgin Atlantic Wellbeing Day, held at their training base in Crawley, intended to raise awareness and start a cycle of positive behaviours using the many services and facilities already available to staff.
A variety of media, demonstrations, interactive events, a juice bike, body analysers, blood pressure, visual tests and cholesterol checks to enable staff to access tailored advice to help increase their own physical or mental health and wellbeing were all exhibited on the day.
Speaking to HR Grapevine, Denise Lynn, Senior Vice President People at Virgin Atlantic, says: “As we work to enhance employee engagement we are increasing our focus on our wellbeing offerings, as employee wellbeing and engagement are interlinked and one will invariably influence the other.
“This event was the start of a broader strategy with a two-year focus on health, happiness and wellbeing.”
Josie Lazenby, who manages Occupational Health and Wellbeing at Virgin Atlantic, adds: “We take the health and wellbeing of our people very seriously. The wellbeing event enabled us to pass on a lot of useful information and the eyecare element was very enlightening in terms of the number of beneficial factors it can have for wider health."