As standard we provide all of our employees with healthcare insurance plans that contribute towards everyday healthcare bills and offer a wide range of other well-being benefits.
James Cropper PLC stands by an absolute commitment to upholding a high level of workplace health and safety in all aspects of our operations, something which has been a fundamental and enduring value of the business for generations.
As common as physical First Aid is throughout the modern workplace – with dedicated training and provision of medical equipment – the same cannot be said for the care of personnel who may be developing mental health issues.
Recognised internationally, the Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) course is not intended to offer training in comprehensive diagnosis or treatment, but gives people the ability to identify a need and offer primary support until suitable qualified assistance can be organised.
The indicators of mental ill health can prove elusive to identify, so MHFA training provides guidance to recognise the warning signs and instils confidence to signpost someone to the appropriate expert or organisation.
James Cropper plc has made a commitment to embed MHFA within the Group and since October 2018, over fifty employees representing all divisions and levels within the Group have completed the two-day training course.
They are also encouraging people to talk more freely about mental health, thereby reducing stigma and creating a more positive culture by developing a wider understanding of their experiences.
The Better Health at Work Award (BHAWA) was established in 2009 with the objective of bringing Wellbeing into the workplace. Employees benefit from a healthier culture and environment, increased access to health information, and the opportunity to engage in various campaigns and events both on and off site.
A business-wide ‘Health Needs’ survey was undertaken in August 2018 to discover the most important topics and over twenty ‘Health Advocates’ have since been recruited. They help facilitate workplace activities which promote the initiative, and motivate employees to engage with and participate in the events.
We achieved ‘Bronze Award’ status in 2019 with campaigns covering Stress & Mental Health, Back Pain and Men’s Health, and we are now embarking on our ‘Silver Award’ challenge. Our first campaign for 2020 – Physical Activity & Exercise – was the successful ‘Plank Challenge’, a running club and some free squash sessions.