Our people are our biggest asset – fact! We simply wouldn’t be here without them, which sounds obvious we know, but it’s true! And as such, we support them in all areas of their lives. Mental health and wellbeing is incredibly important to us (it’s not just a tick box exercise!) and we are always looking at ways to improve how we support everyone at The Verve Group.
In honour of #WorldMentalHealthDay, we’ve been reflecting on how we support our team to be the best and happiest version of themselves, both inside work and out. As part of our People Plan, we recently refreshed our ‘Approaches’ (our Verve take on a boring policy!)
Our Flexible Working Approach
Gone are the days of traditional Monday-Friday, especially since Covid, and we absolutely embrace this shift. We offer everyone a more flexible style of work to allow our team to make work fit around their life – giving them a better work-life balance and ultimately helping their mental health.
Our Time Away from Work Approach
We know that work is just one of the many aspects of life. Personal lives can get hectic and are full of lots of things that take priority, which you simply wouldn’t want to miss. No one should have to work on their birthday, right? So, we give all our team their birthday off to enjoy however they wish (some boozier than others!) along with giving them a ‘volunteer day’ every year to spend supporting any charity close to their heart. The approach also includes lots of other great stuff, such as taking their children to their first day of school, along with sick pay to ensure our team get the rest and recuperation they need when they are ill.
Our New Families Approach
Having children is one of the biggest milestones in a person’s life. We believe it should be celebrated and we want our team to feel like we have their backs (one of our values!) during this time. We offer parents enhanced full paid leave to enjoy time with their new family at home. This approach also includes compassionate support and leave for miscarriage or loss of a child, as when the worst should happen, we want our team to know we offer the support and time to heal.
Our Employee Development Approach
As we’ve already said, our people are a biggest asset, so we naturally want them to feel supported in their personal and professional growth and development. This approach empowers them to be invested in their own development, giving them time and budget each year towards training that works for them. We appreciate every individual is different and so needs training that is right for them. We have a new role of ‘People Coaches’, who do exactly as the name suggests, and support and mentor our employees on a daily basis, helping them grow, learn and be the best version of themselves.
Wellbeing @ The Verve Group
We’re great believers in healthy body, healthy mind and so to complement these amazing approaches, we also have an incredible team of ‘Wellbeing Champions’ who have volunteered their time to work with our Communications Lead, to create activities, events, challenges and lots more to help support our team’s mental health and wellbeing.
We want to build a working environment where everyone feels comfortable to be the best version of themselves. To encourage people out of their comfort zones, in a safe and supportive environment where they can try new things, create new relationships, and most importantly, have some fun! The Verve Group is very much a family, and we encourage acts of generosity and kindness to each other, as well as supporting the local community through our charitable activities.
Our Wellbeing Champions look at three key areas – ‘Fun and Social’, ‘Mind and Body’ and ‘Charity and Good Causes’ (as shown in the snazzy diagram below) as we believe it’s a mix of all these aspects that leads to wholesome wellbeing:
In light of World Mental Health Day, we asked our Wellbeing Champions to share their favourite tips for looking after their mental health:
“I would massively recommend the Calm app (we get free access to this and Headspace at The Verve Group) I use it every night before bed and it really helps me relax and switch off before going to sleep. I also really love journaling – it sounds a bit cheesy and feels a bit strange at first, but I’ve found it really helps.”
“I find writing stuff down really helpful as it gets it out of my head and helps me make more sense of things that are going round in my head. I also really love doing some gardening to chill out.”
“I love trying out a new hobby and getting wrapped up in being creative. It helps me forget about the world around me when I’m in my own little zone.”
“One tip that has really helped me and my team when one of us is having a bad day, is to list three things that you are looking forward to – that usually helps me put our bad days into perspective. I also do this with my friends outside of work – sometimes we message and ask each other to list three things that made us smile today. Focussing on the positives can really help shift your bad mood!”
“I love getting outside and going for a walk when I’m feeling stressed. There’s something about getting some fresh air, engaging with nature and a change of scenery that can really change my mood and calm me down.”