BNP PARIBAS PERSONAL FINANCE UK ACHIEVES SILVER AT MIND’S WORKPLACE WELLBEING AWARDS
Tue, 19 Sep 2023
We’ve been recognised for our commitment to workplace wellbeing by Mind!
Mind is a UK-based charity that provides advice and support to empower anyone experiencing a mental health problem, in addition to campaigning to improve services, raise awareness and promote understanding.
We were one of 61 organisations to take part in Mind’s seventh annual Workplace Wellbeing Index, and were recognised with a Silver Award, meaning we have made demonstrable achievements in promoting staff mental health in the workplace.
What is Mind’s Workplace Wellbeing Index?
Mind’s Workplace Wellbeing Index is a benchmark of best policy and practice, celebrating the good work employers are doing to promote and support positive mental health, and providing key recommendations on the specific areas where there is room to improve. This year, Mind surveyed almost 16,000 employees across the 61 employers participating in the Index.
The 2022-23 Index Awards, hosted by Mind’s CEO, Sarah Hughes, took place earlier this year and saw people from a wide range of organisations across sectors come together to celebrate their achievements — including BNP Paribas Personal Finance UK.
Wellbeing at BNP Paribas Personal Finance UK
The mental health and wellbeing of our colleagues is something we take incredibly seriously at BNP Paribas Personal Finance UK.
To foster a work environment in which our colleagues feel included, seen and supported, we have implemented a series of initiatives, including:
- A number of Diversity and Inclusion (D&I) networks to foster a feeling of belonging in the workplace and encourage important conversations amongst colleagues by removing the taboo around sensitive subjects.
- Our team of Wellbeing Champions — colleagues trained to support fellow colleagues on the topic of wellbeing and mental health.
- A series of inclusive initiatives like our anti-bias training designed to improve awareness around diversity and inclusion, and simple but impactful practices, such as implementing colleague pronoun preferences.
Susan Farmer, Chief People Officer, at BNP Paribas Personal Finance UK, said: “Creating a supportive and inclusive work environment is one of my core priorities. It’s good to talk about mental health, and, more importantly, to feel supported when you do talk about it.
“I’m delighted that BNP Paribas Personal Finance UK has been recognised for its achievements in promoting staff mental health and look forward to developing our current initiatives to further support our colleagues.”
The importance of wellbeing in the workplace
A deep understanding of the importance of wellbeing in the workplace and a strong commitment to improving provisions of support are two things shared between BNP Paribas Personal Finance UK and Mind.
Andrew Berrie, Head of Workplace Wellbeing at Mind, shared his thoughts on the state of mental health and wellbeing at work:
“Following the profound changes to working life brought on by the coronavirus pandemic, many organisations have spent the previous year reflecting on the changes in ways of working that have been beneficial, whilst seeking to navigate new uncertainties and external factors impacting mental health and wellbeing.
I find it encouraging to see that mental health outcomes at work appeared to bounce back post-pandemic. The pandemic increased focus and expedited workplace wellbeing agendas, with more attention given to implementing mental health and wellbeing initiatives at work.
We are now experiencing the positive effects of this effort, with more employees reporting that they had good or very good mental health and fewer stating they experienced a mental health problem in their present role.
The organisations participating in our Workplace Wellbeing Index are, undoubtedly, leading the way in their work to assess the impact of their efforts. By consulting with their people on what is working and where they could improve, and embedding best practice, they are prioritising employee mental health and wellbeing.”
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