Good mental health is vitally important to everyone at Battens which is why we have launched several initiatives to fully support our staff.
This is here to stay. We take a pragmatic and flexible approach and try to facilitate staff needs. Many staff are based in the office for a few days a week while working from home the rest of the time.
Mental health champions
Staff have been invited to take part in webinars and courses to update them about how to improve mental health.
Benefiting from a Mental Health First Aid course we now have Mental Health champions in every office, with a total of 16 across the company. They have been trained to recognise symptoms in colleagues who may suffer from stress or other issues. They do not provide counselling, but act as signpost as to where to get help.
We were also keen to inform our staff about the menopause and the implications it can have for the workplace. We have run a number of courses on this important issue which staff of all ages and genders have found to be extremely beneficial.
We encourage staff to take up sport and exercise to support their physical and mental health. Battens has a flexible approach, and staff can take the time they need to improve their fitness and wellbeing.
The recent pandemic curtailed many our usual activities, but when we are free of government restrictions we enjoy a get together away from work and we regularly organise social events, quizzes and parties. Sometimes, this can be through fundraising for the Battens Charitable Trust which is fun to get involved with and is a cause close to all our hearts. Now that really has the feel-good factor.