The week was structured with a different theme each day covering all aspects of well-being including physical activity, mental health, healthy diets, and mindfulness.
The week kick-started with a Hula Challenge and a team pedometer challenge which would run throughout the week. Tuesday was Healthy Eating day where a Recipe book was shared and members of staff were encouraged to share their own favourite healthy lunches – this inspired a large group of staff to club together and cook an amazing team meal!
Wednesday was Laughter day – members of staff were able to award a Comic Genius badge to their colleagues via our People HR system and a Pun Competition circulated via email.
Thursday was Mental Health Awareness Day and coincided with our Quarterly All Staff Meeting, we invited a speaker from Bexley Mind to come in and speak to employees and also ran a Quiz, Raffle and Backwards Bingo which raised £219 for Mind. We also had our quarterly awards presentations which included WoW awards for the winners of the Comic Genius and Hula Challenges alongside our usual sales and performance awards.
Friday was Relaxation day! We circulated calming audio tracks to all teams and set up a relaxation space for staff to enjoy 10 minutes of guided mindfulness during the day. The room was used by many staff and there was great feedback on how it helped them to re-focus and be more productive for the rest of the day.
the winners of our Pedometer challenge were also announced with our Accounts team smashing an amazing 62,004 steps over 5 days! They were rewarded with a Wellbeing hamper of goodies. Overall the Swanstaff teams stepped over 400,000 steps (counting 1 person's steps per team, per day).
The Wellbeing week received some fantastic feedback from employees across the business including:
“Laura was the best speaker we’ve had at a quarterly, she was really engaging and helped make a taboo subject easy to talk about”
“The pedometer challenge really made me pay attention to how much exercise I do daily, I’m definitely going to continue tracking my steps”
“I loved cooking a healthy meal with my colleagues and it felt great to feed 15 people that probably would have eaten fast food otherwise”
“It felt good to win the Comic Genius award, knowing I make my colleagues laugh and happy is great”
We have had some great suggestions from staff for the next WoW week and we can’t wait to get planning for 2019!