Stress is one of the UK’s biggest health challenges but is it taken as seriously as concerns related to physical health?
As individuals we can play our part in seeking to understand what is causing our personal stress and take measures to reduce it but as an employer, I wanted to see how we could help our staff.
74% of UK adults have felt so stressed at some point over the last year they felt overwhelmed or unable to cope.
Brathay is first and foremost a wellbeing charity; it’s fundamental to our programmes with young people and adults so it’s natural to want to do all we can to support our staff as much as possible. With this in mind, we commissioned a staff wide Discovery Survey with the support of Hero, our wellbeing partner.
The initial survey findings are very interesting and provide a basis upon which to move forward. For example, we now know that staff’s top priority is to see us focus more on supporting their mental health, with physical health and social wellbeing/team working ranked second and third.
In reality, the Discovery Survey has provided us with the opportunity for a review point on a wellbeing journey we have already started. We have long since offered staff benefits of flexible working, holiday buy back, generous sick leave benefits and annual leave beyond the statutory minimum. Our head office base in the heart of the Lake District is a wellbeing oasis. Staff based here benefit from being able to get out into nature on a daily basis and enjoy the increasingly recognised health and wellbeing benefits of spending time in a natural environment.
We have always had wellbeing at the heart of what we do at Brathay and the survey is giving us further insights to delve deeper and be more targeted with our support.