We have launched a new wellbeing scheme for staff, to raise awareness of the importance of both physical and mental health. The programme, which has been introduced by our Human Resources team, includes a variety of activities, schemes, workshops and training plans.
Among the activities on offer are free Tai Chi and yoga classes, personal training sessions in the Park, nutrition seminars, mental health awareness workshops, mentor and buddy schemes as well as extra training for managers and supervisors to identify staff who may be struggling and how to provide support. Staff will also be able to enrol in cookery classes and yoga mats are freely available for them to hire and use in their breaks.
“We are at work for a large part of our lives and so it’s vitally important that when we are here we are healthy; both physically and mentally,” said Blenheim Palace’s Head of Human Resources, Sarah Morris. “What we have at Blenheim Palace is unique and special and our staff are an integral part of that.”
“In particular, as employers it is our responsibility to do everything we can to raise awareness of the issues surrounding mental health and also to provide our staff with the tools and systems they need to help them thrive in the workplace rather than just survive,” she added.
“For far too long people have ignored the importance of wellbeing and the impact stress can have on our lives and I am delighted that we are able to offer an ongoing programme of events for our staff to explore what wellbeing might mean to them,” said Sarah. “Studies have shown this is not only beneficial to the individual but also to the business as a whole; with far fewer days lost to illness and absenteeism, lower staff turnover and higher productivity and job satisfaction,” she added.
Sir Winston Churchill, who was born at the Palace, famously suffered from bouts of severe depression which he nicknamed his ‘black dog’. This month also marks the Mental Health Foundation’s annual Mental Health Awareness Week (May 8th-14th).
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