RSK’s commitment to supporting employee health and wellbeing has been recognised at this year’s Investors in People Awards through the company’s nomination as a finalist in the Health and Wellbeing Award category for organisations with more than 500 employees.
The annual awards, which recognise the people and organisations helping to make work better, are organised by Investors in People, the standard that defines what it takes to lead, support and manage people well to achieve sustainable results. RSK has held the prestigious Investors in People accreditation for the past 18 years.
To reach the final for this year’s Health and Wellbeing Award, it was RSK’s approach to mental health and wellbeing, including an internal mental health network, that impressed the judges.
RSK told Investors in People: “Currently, we have an internal network of some 50 wellbeing champions made up of employees from across the group who deliver a range of wellbeing events, initiatives and resources. They work alongside our 66 trained mental health first-aiders (MHFA) and help to shape RSK’s wellbeing strategy.
“Equally, we recognise that some employees may be more comfortable speaking with external mental health support providers, so we have partnered with Able Futures, which offers a free and confidential mental health service from qualified health care professionals. Our two-year goal is to aim to have at least one trained MHFA or wellbeing champion in all 136 of our offices and more where necessary.”
Other wellbeing initiatives, such as signing the ‘Time to change’ employer pledge and jigsaw puzzle; a partnership with Smart Health to give employees access to a 24/7 virtual GP; and active participation in global awareness days and events in the wellbeing calendar helped to secure a spot on this year’s shortlist.
RSK’s signed ‘Time to change’ jigsaw
“We are delighted to have been named a finalist for the Health and Wellbeing Award at this year’s Investors in People Awards,” RSK Human Resources Director Zoe Brunswick comments. “Employee health and wellbeing have always been priorities for RSK and we have found that creating a positive and supportive culture is helping those suffering with mental ill health to reach out and helping others to recognise the signs and to direct colleagues, family or friends to appropriate avenues of support. This has been increasingly important, as employees have been forced to work remotely during the coronavirus pandemic.”
This year, like so many other events, the awards’ ceremony will be going digital. The winners, across 31 award categories, will be announced at a virtual event on 24 November.
You can view this year’s shortlist in full on the Investors in People website.