As an employer, we are responsible for helping to maintain and foster the health and wellbeing of our employees. We do everything within our power to maintain, strengthen and protect both the physical and mental health of our team.
Health and wellbeing have always been key priorities for us and remain at the heart of our engagement with our colleagues, in particular in the context of how the Covid-19 pandemic has shifted the way in which we work.
Our employees work best when they’re empowered to take decisions for themselves about how best to shift working patterns to fit with their personal lives, which is why we are pleased we have been able to support our colleagues with flexible working hours and continue to review our flexible working arrangements.
We also provide training opportunities in mental health aspects such as dealing with change, time management and communication. We also recognise that physical health is as important as mental health and we offer access to fitness facilities and weekly yoga sessions, as well as group events related to running, volleyball and more, which have the added benefit of supporting and creating a positive team dynamic.
Our support includes offering access to fitness facilities and weekly yoga sessions for employees at our head office in Berlin. We’re also conscious of the importance of looking after the mental health of our team, which is why we’ve offered an eight-week long training course on mental health to managers across the business, as well as trained mental health first aiders.
The implications of the Covid-19 pandemic have also influenced how we supported and engaged with our colleagues. Over the past year we continued to provide rapid antigen tests, personal protective equipment and hand disinfectant at all of our sites and hygiene measures have remained in place to ensure our colleagues could work safely. We also worked hard to ensure they were kept up to date with regular communication from HR on the pandemic, precautionary measures and the relevant legal requirements. Our health and safety focus is also reflected in our extensive training programme with instructions on fire protection and occupational safety included. We also provided first aid training for a total of 103 employees in the year.