Last night, Student Beans attended the inaugural Great British Workplace Wellbeing Awards. As well as being honoured to share the space with workplace wellbeing leaders, industry voices and keynote speakers, we were awarded the Recognition for Excellence and Outstanding Engagement award.
Selected from 600 applicants, the Recognition for Excellent and Outstanding Engagement Award acknowledges that we have “placed outstanding engagement with our staff on an individual level at the heart of our workplace wellbeing strategy”, as well as “helped to create direct and positive outcomes with individuals as a result of our engagement.”
In addition to the win, Student Beans was a finalist for the ‘Team of the Year’ award – which recognises the tireless work of our People team, who are internal champions of mental wellbeing at work.
The awards ceremony was hosted by Wynne Evans, a singer and actor who is known for his role as Gio Compario in the Go Compare advert campaign. As well as being candid about his own experience with mental ill health, Evans interviewed Heavyweight champion Frank Bruno MBE about his own mental health breakdown, and his mental-health foundation.
At Student Beans, the mental wellbeing of our employees is a cornerstone of our culture. Over the past two years, the People team has formalised a number of wellbeing initiatives, including Mental Health First Aiders, Flexi-Fridays, Endometriosis support, Pregnancy Loss support, Management training on Wellness Action Plans, Wellness allowance and enhanced parental schemes.
Such initiatives are underpinned by a culture where employees can genuinely vocalise their mental health and wellness circumstances, and receive sensitive and adequate support from colleagues, managers and the wider business.
Student Beans’ Chief of Staff Rich Holgate said of the win: “Whilst it’s not the reason we do it, it’s fantastic to be recognised as an industry leader and can’t wait to continue how and where we can continue supporting wellbeing in the workplace.”