Jacobs Recognized Among Leaders in Workplace Wellbeing
Jacobs is again recognized in Mind's annual Workplace Wellbeing Index, a benchmark of best policy and practice around mental health in the workplace.
Research by Mind of more than 44,000 employees across 106 U.K. employers participating in this year’s Index found that seven in 10 employees had experienced a mental health problem in their lives, with 53% affected by poor mental health in their current workplace. So, no matter what size an organization is, mental health at work should be high on its agenda.
Now in its third year, 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.
Jacobs has again been recognized in the Index, receiving the Silver award for continued commitment and leadership in workplace wellness.
Head of Workplace Wellbeing at Mind, Emma Mamo, said: “Every employer depends on having a healthy and productive workforce – valued and supported employees are far more likely to deliver the best outcomes for your organization. That’s why we’re delighted to recognize and celebrate employers, like Jacobs, making mental health a priority for their organization.”
Inspired by our BeyondZero® principles, Jacobs worked with Mind to develop the "mental health matters" strategy focused on promoting positive mental health and wellbeing across the business, our people and their families. The strategy delivers focused training, tools and techniques to enable a network of volunteer employee champions that offer early intervention and interim support for staff while directing employees to the appropriate professional options.
Employee health and wellbeing is a key focus area in our PlanBeyondTMGlobal Sustainability strategy – a roadmap for progressing sustainability in our global business.
"A caring culture that promotes wellbeing, enthusiasm and stress resilience creates a working environment where everyone feels valued. Happy, motivated people achieve great things and, in turn, so does the business,” said Jacobs Senior Vice President and Global Head of HSEQ, Security & Resilience and Sustainability, Catriona Schmolke. "Fundamental to the success of our 'mental health matters' strategy is our network of positive mental health champions. One of our PlanBeyond people goals is to train 1,500 champions across our business by 2020, including 50% of our senior management team.”
Normalizing conversations about mental health is crucial to allowing staff who have concerns to seek appropriate help, recover more quickly and to reduce the risk of these concerns developing into disabling mental illness. Training and awareness are part of this, as are improved support systems such as the provision of professional help (for example, the Jacobs Employee Assistance Program), improved absence recording and reporting systems to enable us to monitor the long-term success of the strategy.
Building resistance is also very important. Part of the training helps our employees in how to guide staff who have mental health concerns or crises, to the appropriate level of help; support fellow employees; and encourage positive mental health throughout the workplace using the Five Ways to Wellbeing:
- Take Notice: Be curious. Catch sight of the beautiful. Remark on the unusual.
- Give: Do something nice for a friend, or a stranger. Thank someone. Smile.
- Be Active: Go for a walk or run. Step outside. Cycle. Play a game. Dance.
- Connect: Learn more about the people around you. Spend time with family, get involved at work, school or in your local community.
- Keep Learning: Try something new. Rediscover an old interest. Sign up for that course.
For Jacobs, our positive mental health champions have been pivotal to delivering a consistent global strategy across different nations and cultures. Working with partners across the industry, we’re able to share insight and help change the conversation. In the U.K., for example, we are members of High-Speed Rail Industry Leaders (HSRIL), which supports and champions high-speed rail in Britain. Launching a new charter and report in October 2018, HSRIL is leading an ambition to promote awareness and action on mental health and wellbeing in the high-speed rail industry. The report draws on innovations and approaches that HSRIL members have put in place or are developing and which lay the foundations for a commitment to a step-change and new industry standard in the U.K.
Similarly, we support the Safer Highways collaborative program, which brings the highways sector together with leading safety and wellbeing experts to keep health, safety and wellbeing at the forefront of the industry and help drive awareness and best practice. Safer Highways magazine shares more on our strategy to promote wellbeing through positive mental health.
Industry awards also play an important role in elevating the conversation and sharing good practice:
- 2018 Business Achievement award in the Social Contribution category from the Environmental Business Journal.
- Safety & Wellbeing Imitative of the Year (British Construction Industry Awards 2018)
- Construction News Health, Safety and Wellbeing Excellence (Company) 2018
- NCE100 Health and Wellbeing Leader 2018 (New Civil Engineer)
- Chartered Institute of Highways and Transportation (CIHT) / Tarmac Health & Safety Award at Work Award 2017 – mental health matters
Mind provides advice and support to empower anyone experiencing a mental health problem. For more information on mental health problems and the support available please visit the website at mind.org.uk or call Mind’s U.K. Infoline on +44 (0)300 123 3393.