Chairman’s awards: reducing sickness absence

By Eva Lindegren

An initiative to reduce sickness absence and the efforts of one person to make their voice heard about mental wellbeing are the finalists in the health and wellbeing category.

One voice can make a difference – pushing the mental wellbeing agenda (UK)

Sam Coton from the Safety, Health and Environment team in our Non-Regulated Businesses has used his own experience of mental health to help remove the stigma.

SamCotonRecounting his traumatic experiences serving in the army, Sam has engaged colleagues with his story, telling how he sought support to help overcome the difficulties he faced.

Sam said: “It has taken enormous courage for me to relive the memories of my past to support the mental wellbeing campaign. To have reached the finals means that one voice truly can make a difference in raising awareness about mental health.

I am really looking forward to enjoying the experience with other employees from across the business and celebrating the success of all the achievements.

There are several services available both internally and externally to help support anyone going through a tough time in life. In my opinion, they truly do work and do help so please use them.”

Finding a better way to manage sickness absence (UK)

A team in Gas Distribution Operations and Customer Operations set out to improve the wellbeing and management of sickness absence of our workforce.

The project saw staff absence fall by three days per employee over an 18 month period, saving an estimated £6million in productivity as well as seeing an increase in referrals for early support.

AndyHutchinsonOne of the project team members, Andy Hutchinson, said: “All the hard work and effort delivering the key outputs of the project has made the selection as a finalist even more special. The benefits are not just for the business; our managers have the appropriate tools for their role and staff are being engaged and supported at an early stage.

“We have to thank all the managers, staff and TU representatives who have supported and implemented the initiatives. This has been a challenging project due to its sensitive nature, but through positive engagement and excellent collaboration we have delivered significant benefits.”

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