Mental health and well-being workshop

Sussex Oakleaf A Mental Health CharityThere are a number of great reasons to work at Grovelands and our mental health and well-being workshop is another way we look after our staff.

Here at Grovelands, we enjoy a wide range of benefits including competitive salaries and bonus schemes, financial cover for eye care, dental work, complimentary therapies
and discounted gym membership – as well as other more unusual perks such as a being allowed an additional day off to prepare for your wedding or to move house. All of the benefits are there in an effort to create a great work/life balance as well as promote good physical and mental health.

We recently announced that Sussex Oakleaf is our new charity partner. Sussex Oakleaf provide a range of support services to people with mental health needs, those with a personality disorder and individuals at risk of homelessness. We raise money for them throughout the year and in return they provide us with advice and support.

Last week, Sussex Oakleaf provided a full day of training, to over a quarter of our workforce, on the subject of mental health and well-being. The day covered what it means to us, how to spot issues in ourselves and others, and how we can prevent issues developing in our day to day working lives. Now, just for the record, Grovelands doesn’t have a particularly depressed or stressed out workforce. We’re actually a very cheery bunch! But with growing trends of anxiety, depression and stress in the UK’s workforce, Grovelands is making sure it’s ahead of the rest in terms of preventing these issues from developing. At least one person from each Grovelands team was represented with members of the Contract Compliance, Resourcing, Finance, HR and Marketing teams present.

The day started with an open group discussion around our personal experiences with mental health issues and emotional well-being. This may sound like it had the potential to be a festival of awkward silences and sideways glances, but, thankfully, we have a hugely supportive, friendly and open-minded team. As we went around the room listening to each other’s stories, a great sense of camaraderie and support could be felt as each of us had experienced issues either personally or via someone close to us. As the discussion developed, so much respect and understanding was shown – I felt proud to be a part of this team.

Throughout the day we discussed various aspects of living with mental health illnesses, how to support others and how to spot early warning signs in ourselves and our colleagues. For a topic that is usually avoided, especially in an office environment, the conversation really flowed.  I personally left with a much deeper understanding of what is necessary to avoid such issues and everyone I spoke to afterwards had enjoyed the day and taken away some advice that they would be storing up for later use.

So, I want to say a huge thank you to Sussex Oakleaf for facilitating such a great group experience, for arming us with the information necessary to help nip potential issues in the bud and for simply starting a very important conversation – one that should be had in offices across the UK.

For more information about our current vacancies please visit: www.grovelands.co.uk/work  or call 01273 651500 to speak to a member of the HR team.

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