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Wellbeing

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Wellbeing Wednesday

One hour, in addition to your lunch hour, to focus on you.

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Mental Health First Aiders (MHFAs)

Trained MHFAs are there to listen and signpost appropriate support.

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Employee Assistance Programme and Thrive App

A confidential service staffed by highly trained professionals, as well as access to Thrive.

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Wellbeing events

From cooking classes to mindfulness, there's a wide range of regular wellbeing events to attend.

The Bank has been really practical, arranging for us to receive the equipment we needed to work effectively at home. And its other initiatives, such as Wellbeing Wednesday and the virtual quizzes, have allowed us to remain social and switch off from work a bit.

Charlie Mobbs
Risk Manager

Since the Bank was first created, our wellbeing support has evolved significantly. We continue to adapt it based on the feedback we receive from employees. This makes sure we’re doing everything we can to help our colleagues to Be Happy, Be Healthy, Be Well.

Below are just some of the things we do to give our colleagues support:

Wellbeing Wednesday

Every Wednesday, we ask colleagues to take an hour to themselves – on top of their usual lunch hour – to do something that supports their mental health and wellbeing.

Whether that’s going for a walk, reading a book or something entirely different, this time is for colleagues to log off and take their mind off work.

Mental Health First Aid (MHFA)

The British Business Bank has had Mental Health First Aiders (MHFAs) for the last five years. Currently, we have four MHFAs in the business, split evenly between our Sheffield and London offices.

While location is less of a concern as we work remotely, our MHFAs are on hand to support colleagues who, directly or indirectly, are interested in mental health or are sadly going through challenges themselves.

We support our MHFAs by arranging training with MHFA England, equipping our team with the skills and insight they need to assist other colleagues.

Employee Assistance Programme (EAP)

This free and confidential programme is available to colleagues and their immediate family 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year.

The EAP allows colleagues to talk to trained professionals and seek support covering a wide range of themes, including:

  • counselling for stress and bereavement
  • debt
  • health and wellbeing
  • relationships
  • personal legal support
  • anxiety and depression
  • workplace pressure

Thrive

We’ve teamed up with Thrive – a mental wellbeing app – to support our colleagues and their mental wellbeing.

The app offers support such as relaxation techniques, thought training and sleep improvement, helping colleagues to improve their mental wellbeing.

Ongoing wellbeing support

We take a proactive approach to employee health and wellbeing and, via our HR team, host regular workshops, webinars and events with colleagues and various people from outside the organisation to keep wellbeing at the forefront of everything we do.

Here’s a selection of just some of the sessions and events we’ve run at the Bank:

  • Step up September
  • Walking and running groups
  • Cooking workshop: Deliciously Nutritious – Easy lunch for busy professionals
  • Regular desk yoga and stretching sessions

Thriving with nature - photography competition

To mark Mental Health Awareness Week this year, we ran an internal photography competition.

All colleagues were invited to submit a nature-themed photograph that evoked a sense of wellbeing or made you feel happy, with the winner and finalists being featured on our website.

You can see the winning entry at the top of this page and our four finalists below.