In this special one-off webinar we’re speaking with all three of our Finalists – Oswestry-based Aico, Telford-based Zen Communications, and Shrewsbury-based Shrewsbury Colleges Group – to gain valuable insights into what they did (and are doing now), how it’s working, and their top lessons.
Aico, who were crowned overall winners of the Shropshire Chamber 2020 Workplace Health and Wellbeing category are breaking the stigma around mental health and demonstrating the importance of open and honest conversations in the workplace. The training of four team members to become Mental Health First Aiders has shown the importance that supporting fellow colleagues means to Aico and how essential it is in day-to-day life. Aico’s Community Liaisons and Mental Health First Aiders, Jane Pritchard and Lily Ellis will demonstrate the significance of this initiative and the ways they are changing the culture around mental health at work.
Award finalist in the category, Telford-based Chamber Members Zen Communications have stirred-up national interest (and a few awards nods too) for their brave move in the first lockdown where they permanently abolished the working week. Much more than just a headline-grabber, Zen’s MD Felicity Wingrove will be sharing an insight into the rationale behind the move and an honest account of what it’s meant for the team, the agency, and their clients over the last nine months (to give you a clue, it’s staggeringly good!
Shrewsbury Colleges Group (SCG) is passionate about staff wellbeing and Donna Lucas, Group Vice Principal for HR and Professional Development, is one of just two national representatives for the Association of Colleges Mental Heath working group, working alongside the Charlie Waller Trust and The Lantern Trust. SCG developed a Mental Health at Work Plan, signed the Time to Change Employer Pledge committing to end mental health stigma in the workplace, has appointed now 18 Mental Health Champions and has held annual wellbeing days, dedicated to the physical, financial and mental health of its employees since 2012. The College also engages a Well-Being and Employee Engagement lead Carmen Smith who leads on implementation of the SCG Mental health at Work Plan.
2020 was one of the most challenging years in memory for many of our Members and their teams, which is why we were so delighted to have introduced a brand new category at the Chamber Business Awards 2020. The Workplace Health and Wellbeing category was intended to recognise and celebrate the very best examples of local businesses showing-and-not-telling how important their teams’ wellbeing is to them, and we were blown-away by the responses.