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Heidi_Dennis
Heidi Dennis Employee Experience Consultant

EE Life Thu 6th June, 2019

The importance of wellbeing

Sometimes, people need a bit of a helping hand at work – for lots of different reasons. With that in mind, there are a number of services we offer and things we do to help people fit in, get on, and stay healthy.

It might be simply to develop a sense of belonging when they start, or to get to know people better once they’re here. It might be because they want to learn new skills, or have some other issues – at work or at home – that they need help resolving.

With all this in mind, we offer some services to our employees – and others to both employees and associates – designed to help maintain the kind of healthy, happy workplace we’re so proud of.

Mind matters

We believe that our mental health is every bit as important as our physical health, if not more. We wanted to recognise this fact and allow our people the time and space to look after their minds as well as their bodies.

That’s why we introduced free and completely confidential one-to-one sessions with an occupational psychologist for our employees. So if someone’s feeling under pressure, or struggling with a dilemma or a conflict in the workplace – or going through difficulties at home –  this is there to help them.

A guiding hand

We’ve also launched what we’re calling the ‘Guide Service’ for employees in the UK, Europe, Australia and South Africa. The Guide Service is a way of teaching new employees the ropes, helping them meet the right people, and showing them how things work in an autonomous, flat-structured business such as Equal Experts. In order to be able to offer guidance, of course, we need guides too, which is why the service is also designed to help those already within the network to learn how to mentor, guide and give something back themselves.

Mind your business

We’ve also just rolled out business coaching, run by an external coach, to support individual and team development at Equal Experts. Like the Guide Service, this is for employees only, and is currently available to those in our UK, Europe, Australia and South Africa office (though we’re hoping to roll it out globally in time).

We see this as the first step towards a culture of global learning, where we share skills amongst one another.

Walking round the world

Last year, we did our first company-wide walkathon in the month of May. We had such a good time that this year… we did it again! This time round, more people got involved, we walked further (53,911,458 steps – a bit more than once round the world), three people walked over a million steps each (!), and once again we donated a good amount of money to charity.

A walkathon is a perfect fit for Equal Experts, and not just as a way to give money to good causes. Coming together is crucial for a network such as ours, where people are based all around the world, and often work on-site with clients. It helps us get to know one another, fosters a better sense of community and belonging and – last but not least – it’s a good way to get fit, get outside and soak up the magic of the great outdoors.

Want to find out more about Equal Experts?

These are just some of the things we’re doing to help our people and to make sure Equal Experts remains a great place to work (it was recognised as having an excellent work/life balance in 2018 – but there’s always more that can be done).

If you’re keen to find out more, get in touch at HelloUK@equalexperts.com