Here at Hastings we aim to do the right thing for our colleagues and their wellbeing is a big part of this. We want to make sure our colleagues have the right advice, education and support available so they are healthier, happier and stronger inside and outside of the workplace. Our wellbeing champions help support the programme and ensure colleagues are kept up to date with the latest events and initiatives.
Meet Christopher, a wellbeing champion based at our head office in Bexhill. Here he tells us more about the wellbeing programme at Hastings and why he chose to support his colleagues and become a wellbeing champion.
Why did you become a wellbeing champion?
I became a wellbeing champion because I have worked in environments before that weren’t completely supportive, and I want to help people to feel comfortable, valued and perform well at work.
What are your highlights of the Wellbeing programme so far?
I haven’t been a wellbeing champion for long, but the main highlight for me so far is the fact that I’m able to share resources and information with my team that they otherwise wouldn’t have known about.
What are you looking forward to this year?
This year I am going to be taking part in training around both mental health and assisting people who may be struggling with a gambling addiction. I’m really looking forward to learning additional skills to help people suffering with these problems and conditions.
How do you support your department as Wellbeing champion?
As a wellbeing champion, I support my department by being a point of contact and reference for any wellbeing-related resources that my colleagues may be in need of. I’m here to signpost colleagues to the relevant services that can help them, and also to help promote wellbeing tips to help people get the most out of their time at work. I will also be taking part in fundraising and awareness events around wellbeing.
What's your top wellbeing tip?
My top wellbeing tip is to make sure you’re getting enough sleep – I’ve been guilty of going to bed too late in the past, but since I’ve been getting around 7-8 hours of sleep per night I’ve noticed a great improvement in my work performance and overall mood.
To find out more about what we offer our colleagues, click here.