Today mental health is now a permanent part of our wellbeing agenda, supported by our Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) steering committees and Time to Change Champions. We are proud of the work they have done to drive awareness and access to support across the business.
And yet we know there is more to be done to support mental health, both within Team WJ and in the industries we serve. It is a time of uncertainty and we should be mindful that we all cope in different ways. We want to be sure that we are supporting all our colleagues and that we create resilience through caring for and being kind to each other.
This week is Mental Health Awareness Week, and the theme this year is kindness. This is a topic that has been on our minds a great deal lately, both individually and in discussion with our senior leadership colleagues. We have seen so many examples of simple but transformative kindness in response to the challenges of COVID-19.
Whether working from home, on furlough or continuing to report for duties while adapting to ensure secure workplaces, every day we hear from colleagues around the business who are facing new stresses and challenges. We know how a kind word or gesture can make all the difference in troubled times.
Later this week, we will be announcing new initiatives and resources within Wilson James. We are excited to continue our commitment to values-led investment in our colleagues’ wellbeing. In the meantime, we will be sharing stories of kindness, submitted by colleagues from around the business. You can find these on our social media channels, and we invite you to submit your own examples to us.
And of course, we encourage you to make small acts of kindness a priority – not just this week but every day. You never know what word or gesture will make a difference to your friends and colleagues.