By Majella Lavelle, Head of Clients
A week ago, Dave & I attended the London Healthy Workplace Charter Award Ceremony at City Hall, wow, what a building and just a short walk away from our D19 HQ.
Unfortunately, Sadiq himself couldn’t be there (cue Dave’s disappointed face) however, the evening was an inspirational tour of how other London businesses – big and small – are implementing staff initiatives in order to meet the Mayor of London’s agenda to support employers in making their workplaces healthier and happier.
We were in good company amongst fellow award winners –London Boroughs and NHS CCG groups across the capital, the London Fire Brigade, and Chelsea FC, amongst others. All of us have taken steps to facilitate and improve workplace health – which as Stephen Bevan, at the Institute for Employment Studies set out is proven to increase productivity, staff engagement levels and retention. So far this year, our quest for #healthyd19 has featured weekly FitBit step-athon challenges, running the Royal Parks Half Marathon, a company away-weekend to the French Alps for some fresh air and hill walking, activity themed team nights out, as well as the all-important office fruit bowl.
We received our prize from Laura Tenison MBE, the Founder and CEO of the leading independent mother and baby brand JoJo Maman Bébé. Providing a motivating account of her company’s happy workplace ethics, there was a strong synergy with our ethos of ‘people before profit’, also sharing a love of dogs in the office (we love you Sandy) and summertime pub visits 😊. Thank you, Laura.
We are really proud to have been awarded our accreditation. Apart from growing our awards collection, as the only London media planning and buying agency to have the Healthy Workplace Charter – what has it meant for us? Aside from a pat on the back for what we have achieved, having group activities that are easy for all to participate, shared goals for steps and distance, and some healthy fodder in the office have all contributed to the ‘bantz’. Beyond this, it’s also created an inclusive environment for our team to contribute to and hopefully keep staff happiness levels high, along with improved fitness levels and a fresh outlook – essential ingredients for our new generation of media agency.
Even with December’s festive season looming, bringing long(er) lunches, boozy nights out and big breakfasts, we are looking forward to continuing our healthy workplace living with more activity, more fun and a more mindful approach in 2018.