Worcester Bosch use wellbeing scheme to support staff

Worcester Bosch production line

With one in four people experiencing a mental health problem this year and a 75 per cent job burnout rate due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Worcester Bosch has invested significantly in the the health and wellbeing its employees.

With more than 200 Mental Health First Aid Champions trained to offer practical support and 1:1 advice, they also run regular drop-in sessions for employees. Short burst virtual training sessions on navigating the new norm, getting quality sleep and staying energised in challenging times, have all helped their employees to cope with the many emotions they have been experiencing during these unprecedented times.

Worcestershire Works Well, a free accreditation scheme designed to support businesses to improve the health and wellbeing of their employees, has helped Worcester Bosch adopt a more strategic approach to its workplace health and wellbeing offering.

Its employee-led Health and Wellbeing team say they have found the additional standards helpful when planning the annual calendar of activities, initiatives and focus areas. Most recently they have focused on supporting Working Carers and have joined Worcestershire’s Carer Friendly Employer Network – a new membership scheme to help identify and support carers in the workplace.

To support the Time To Change initiative, which looks to end the stigma around mental health, they have encouraged their colleagues to open up about mental health and spark conversations, creating a safe space at Lol’s Cafe at their Worcester HQ where employees could grab a free drink and cake and have a chat.

They are also currently working with partner charity Mind to champion mental health and support those who may be struggling.

Worcestershire Works Well is open to all public, private and third sector organisations located in Worcestershire, that have a minimum of 5 employees. The scheme has been operating for over 10 years and there are more than 100 active businesses across the county. Participation in the Worcestershire Works Well scheme is free.