Quite frankly, we don’t know what we’d do without our people at Pace. From the moment the agency was formed, we’ve passionately advocated for employing an energetic, hardworking and friendly lot. It’s worked, and we’re very lucky to have the people we do working tirelessly to deliver exceptional content for our clients day in, day out.
Over the past year, acknowledging that every single one of us has moments when our mental health and wellbeing are affected has made us even more determined to create an environment in which our team feel supported – whether that’s at home or in the office.
Statistics show that one in four workers deal with mental health problems and anxiety and depression has risen by almost a third since 2013. So we decided it was time we put some of our energy into creating a framework to support our team, and make sure that they always have someone to talk to and in turn made ourselves accountable for supporting mental health.
Our industry is naturally a busy one, and busy can also spell stressful. So, a few weeks ago, Lauren – account manager – and Lucy – our business manager – completed a distance learning training course and were awarded the FAA Level 2 Award in First Aid for Mental Health, led by The First Aid Box Training Group. During the workshop, they learnt about the many causes of stress and anxiety that can be detrimental to mental health, the signs to look out for, and what to do when a colleague needs help in a crisis.
Lucy and Lauren then worked together to look at ways in which businesses can create a thriving, happy team; and as a result, we’ve put an action plan in place.
Our promise to employees:
- We believe mental health is important
- You can always talk without fear of stigma
- We know that health does not affect a person’s capacity to be a good employee
- We will foster a culture of trust
- We will work together to create a place that you want to come into every day
Here’s how we’re going to make Pace a better space for our people:
- Keep an eye on staff holiday
- Ensure people can relax while on holiday
- Be aware of team workload
- Create a community of care and a culture that supports staff to be open about mental health
- Encourage anyone struggling to seek advice from a doctor and take time off for appointments
- Never rush return to work after being sick
- Continue to seek help and training from support organisations in the area
- Give positive reinforcement
- Show our appreciation
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If you want to find out more about our approach to mental health, get in touch – we’re always happy to chat: firstname.lastname@example.org.