Stairlift firm’s wellbeing initiative sparks 92% drop in employee absences

thyssenkrupp group specialises in access solutions across the world. Image credit: thyssenkrupp

thyssenkrupp Access, a UK subsidiary of a global engineering firm and supplier of lifts and stairlifts, has reported a near 100% reduction in employee absences after it introduced a scheme to improve the mental wellbeing of its workforce.

The group, based in County Durham, launched its initiative just over a year ago which is designed to raise awareness of mental health issues within the workplace and create an environment whereby people feel comfortable about discussing such problems.

thyssenkrupp Access has now been nominated for a national award recognising businesses that show a strong commitment to their employees.

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Employing 150 people across its UK operation the business has been put forward for the Mental Wellbeing prize at the Employee Wellbeing Awards 2018.

Through the initiative, the company has organised a range of activities to promote the wellbeing of its employees, such as a dodgeball competition, weight loss challenge, meditation, mindfulness, yoga and Zumba sessions, a charity cake sale and a wellbeing walk.

Kelly Parkinson, human resources and training manager for thyssenkrupp Access, said the company decided to launch its wellbeing initiative in an effort to raise awareness of how employees can improve their mental health, both within and outside the workplace.

“We wanted to educate our employees that their mental health is just as important as their physical health, and give them the tools to make overall improvements to their wellbeing in all areas.

“As part of this, we launched #teamtalk, empowering employees to discuss what is on their minds with colleagues and provided mental health first aid training to our managers so that they may identify personal distress within their teams.

“In addition to this, we also rolled out a domestic abuse awareness campaign, through which we issued a packet of mints to each employee, which had the Samaritans contact number disguised within in the barcode in case they needed it.”

Andrew Warbrick, managing director of thyssenkrupp Access, said: “We’re very proud to have been nominated for this award.

“The efforts that our Access division have gone to in order to bring the wellbeing of our employees to the forefront are nothing short of outstanding, and the success of the initiative is clear to see.

“As a company, we maintain a strong commitment to those who work for us and we’re pleased that they feel comfortable in discussing their mental health issues with us.”

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