Involve is committed to ensuring the wellbeing of its employees and removing the stigma and discrimination around mental ill-health. Our Managing Director, Rob Pasqualino signed the Time to Change Pledge in May last year, which is our public commitment to our employees and to our stakeholders that we are serious about raising mental wellbeing in the workplace. We aim to create an environment of openness, where employees can better understand Mental Health and know how and where to get more information and support if needed.
To achieve this, we have:
- Trained employees as Mental Health First Aiders
- Created a Time to Change Action group to drive forward positive changes
- All managers have undertaken mental health in the workplace training
- Conducted an internal communications campaign on Teams, encouraging people to talk about their personal experiences.
One initiative we’ve implemented this year to build workplace wellness was our ‘virtual mission,’ where the Involve team was challenged to virtually walk from the Involve office to Bondi Beach. Despite not quite reach our goal, this was brilliant for building team morale and giving people the motivation to break their daily routine. Sixty-one staff members laced up their walking boots and got Involved and together walked 13,415 miles over 90 days– shoutout to Mark Rea, who cycled, rowed and walked 1,096 km, Alison Horsfield who travelled 1,315 km and Dewi Thomas who covered 2,020 km of ground! We can proudly say everyone gave 100% and although we didn’t reach Bondi, passing through Bulgaria, Malaysia and Singapore is remarkable enough.
Last year, we held a live streamed event called ‘Involved Live’ for all Involve staff, which included presentations, games and a raffle. The event went own brilliantly, and made our team feel connected despite the restrictions on meeting in person. Due to the success of last year’s event, we’re holding the event again this year and we’ve even set our workforce a challenge to create Involve’s rendition of the ’12 days of Christmas’, with teams competing to win the top spot in Eurovision style! Having the teams be compiled of a mixture of staff across all departments makes our staff feel more in touch with their colleagues, something we recognised in our recent Deaf awareness training. These types of fun and engaging online events have been so important in boosting staff morale and creating a positive working environment despite the difficult times we’ve endured over the last 18 months