Just like physical health, we all have a state of mental health, and just like physical health, mental health can affect anyone. Geolytix understands this and have taken a number of steps to create a work environment that supports everyone’s mental health and wellbeing.
Geolytix encourage staff to enjoy a work-life balance and actively encourage flexible working. This is great as it allows you to take time out of your day to recharge – whether that is going to the gym or sitting down and immersing yourself in the next chapter of your book.
"Geolytix is really committed to the mental health and wellbeing of its people, and it’s clear to see! A huge amount of importance is placed on work-life balance and our working hours are flexible to accommodate this."
The team have also started ‘monthly challenges’ where a different activity will be organised to allow everyone to take some time away from the screen.
January - Let's get out and about, get outside on your lunchbreak, go for a run, read a book in the park, grab a coffee and take a lunch time stroll.
February - ‘What are you up to?’ which encouraged the team to get chatting about the things that they were watching, reading, and listening to (which definitely provided some excellent TV recommendations!).
March - Plant Care 101, Wensi shared her vast amount of plant/ plant care knowledge and weekly updates on what she was currently growing in her allotment!
April - Bake Off Geolytix Style, we are invited the bakers amongst the team to bring their bakes into the London or Leeds office to be tried and tested by the professionals! Bakes were judged not only just on taste, but also aesthetics and it was hard to determine a winner.
May - This month, we’re getting back outside and making the most of the glorious (?) May weather with some geocaching. We are sharing tales and photos of our finds!
As well as these everyday ways in place to encourage great mental wellbeing within the workplace, there is also an emphasis on establishing an open and supportive atmosphere. To help with this, Geolytix supported three team members in qualifying as mental health first aiders. The two-day course promoted better understanding of mental wellbeing and provided the first aiders with the knowledge, skills and confidence to offer support to anyone who may need it. The training is available for anyone in the company and four more of the team have signed up who will be getting trained in the next few weeks.
"There is a culture of mutual respect and support, which means I would be comfortable in confiding in colleagues from all over the business if I was struggling with anything and knowing there are mental health first aiders who have been trained to listen without judgement is really comforting."
The company have also ensured that individuals have a great space to work in. Working from home? No problem - you will have all the equipment you require to ensure you can work efficiently. For those who like to come into the London office they are able to work in a bright, plant-filled office with brilliant views over the city – which definitely helps to brighten even the dampest of Monday mornings!
Rachel Wyles, Associate at Geolytix
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