Ward Security has been recognised at the Mind awards ceremony for its commitment to workplace wellbeing.
Ward Security was one of 114 organisations to take part in Mind’s fifth annual Workplace Wellbeing Index and was recognised with a Silver Award, meaning it has made demonstrable achievements in promoting staff mental health in the workplace. Mind’s Workplace Wellbeing Index is a benchmark of best policy and practice, celebrating the good work employers are doing to promote and support positive mental health, and providing key recommendations on the specific areas where there is room to improve.
A Silver award means Ward are making demonstrable achievements in promoting staff mental health, taking action across a number of key areas and demonstrating impact. This is in recognition of how we raise awareness and support our people’s mental health and wellbeing.
HR Director Caroline Cuthbert comments: “Aligned to Ward’s People Core Pillar of ‘Wellbeing at Ward Security’, we invested in our Wellbeing commitment through providing a platform for Mental Health support, signposting for professional support and encouraging our people to openly and confidentially ask for help in a safe and trusted environment, as well as providing a Confidential and free 24/7 Employee Assistance Programme to all employees.
Our Wellbeing objective has been further supported by the training of our Mental Health First Aiders and Mental Health Instructors Debbie Aitken, Natalie Sparrow and Rachel Kay, who are competent in being able to provide guidance, advice and support as well as being able to train our managers to be able to identify and recognise when an employee may need help.
Mental Health has often been a silent illness resulting in perceptions of weakness and fear for those suffering. At Ward Security, our aim in raising awareness is to encourage our people to talk or seek help for their mental health. This was truly demonstrated by 3 of our senior managers, including an Executive Board member and I, writing our Mental Health blogs to share across our employee portal for all of our people to read with the key message of “its ok not to be ok” as we have all had our own mental health journeys. By sharing our experiences we hope to instill trust for others to come forward when help is needed.
This was a team approach through a dedicated Wellbeing Working Group and the recognition of the MIND Silver Award cements our commitment in supporting our people in every aspect of their wellbeing during their work and home life.”
Managing Director, Kevin Ward added: “By participating in Mind’s Workplace Wellbeing Index, we have made a long-term commitment to supporting the mental wellbeing of our staff. Going forward, we will be reviewing the findings from our report and developing a plan for implementing the key recommendations.
Our involvement in Mind’s Workplace Wellbeing Index means we are contributing towards cutting edge research on workplace wellbeing. We are on a journey towards a better way of working where supporting the mental health of our staff is part of everyday business.
I would like to thank every one of our colleagues who responded to the staff survey and to everyone helping to promote and support positive mental health in our workplace”.