Reed Business Information has shown how investing in employee wellbeing changes people’s working lives. And the 2016 CIPD Award for Best Health and Wellbeing Initiative has confirmed it’s taking a lead that other employers can learn from.
While most organisations are looking to include a few health benefits and initiatives to keep their employees engaged and performing, ticking the box of ‘things an employer should do’, RBI has taken a whole-hearted approach and seen the impact.
RBI’s Living Well programme was initiated and led by former global marketing director Lawrence Mitchell in 2014. In a short space of time the work of Lawrence and the Living Well cross-functional team has changed the everyday working environment, culture and experience for RBI employees in 50 offices around the world.
The CIPD judges praised the ‘resourceful’ approach that led to widespread changes to energise and transform the experience of working at RBI: collaborative work spaces, standing desks, wearable tech, alongside a variety of offerings, events and challenges aimed at getting as many staff engaged, educated and creating new healthy habits. There’s been wellbeing challenges, social media competitions, mindfulness courses, mental health training, opportunities for ‘deskercise’, massage therapy, health coaching and nutritional testing – to name but a few.
As a result, there’s been a reduction in staff absence and staff turnover, with 82% reporting they’ve been motivated to make healthy changes to improve their wellbeing. Employee satisfaction is up and RBI’s people say they are feeling more energised, resilient, less stressed, and more valued by the company. All of which has helped contribute to the progress being made by the business.
Working with RBI
Kamwell has been sharing its wellbeing expertise with RBI and co-ordinating their Living Well programme since its inception in late 2014. For us, the work is a good example of how our collaborative approach and Holistic Wellbeing Model can deliver ROI and improved performance and workplace wellbeing for our customers.