MindWorks has increased its focus on staff health as part of an integrated approach to policies, systems and practices that encourage health and wellbeing in the workplace as well as the surrounding environment.
Workplace wellness has become a catchword recently in the wake of research showing that an unhealthy workforce costs the UK taxpayer £60 billion. Yet every £1 invested in a wellbeing programme results in an estimated saving to society of £2.37.
We have introduced a range of schemes during the year so far. Body and mind wellness programmes at lunchtimes include Pilates, a series of walking challenges and interactive fun ‘MindWorks Makes’ workshops covering everything from crochet to drawing, along with free fruit to encourage healthy eating, and keeping hydrated using stainless steel water bottles.
As part of our ESG (Environmental, Social and Governance) criteria, we are a Final Straw campaign partner and we have achieved zero waste recycling – including (numerous!) crisp packets via the use of Terracycle bins. We use free web search engine, Ecosia, where possible, which plants trees every time a search is made. This was inspired by one of our clients, Portsmouth-based Circular Computing, the world leader in sustainable IT, which plants 5 trees for every laptop sold and is engaged in reforestation, social and clean energy projects around the world.
MindWorks also contributed to a community Crowdfunder initiative that saw the launch of the South Coast Journal’s first edition – helping to raise our region’s profile as a creative and cultural place to live, work and visit.
Michelle Leggatt, MindWorks Managing Director, said, “Promoting good health and creating a positive work environment makes for a happier place to work and increases morale. There is a strong business case for it as well, as a good sense of wellbeing increases performance and reduces employee turnover and recruitment costs. It’s just as rewarding when we extend that support into our communities.”