Is our own wellbeing connected to the wider world?
In our short series on wellness in the workplace, we have looked at the individual importance of wellbeing, and made some suggestions for boosting employee wellness levels. In this instalment we look at how our interactions and impact on the wider environment can have a very positive effect. Just as boosting wellness from the inside out is vital, it would seem that taking a more holistic view of the world can also play its part.
In taking responsibility for the world around us, we can feel a sense of satisfaction in ourselves. Businesses are more aware of the ecological and environmental impact they have than ever, and there are several simple things every business can be doing to play its part. These include:
- Providing recycling facilities
- Switching lights and other electrical equipment off
- Only use the air conditioning when you actually need it
- Conserve water
- Sign up to a carbon capture scheme
- Use recycled materials and FairTrade brands
- Volunteer to help at environmental events such as tree planting days or conservation projects
Not every business is in a position to work as a social enterprise, but most are able to give back to society in some way. The following are just a few examples of things some of our own clients do to help others:
- Provide materials for charity events and educational initiatives free of charge
- Use their social media platforms to help awareness of good causes, charity events and fundraising efforts
- Employ homeless or otherwise disadvantaged people to help rehabilitate or get back on their feet
- Provide a nurturing environment to help people cope with mental illness
- Offer opportunities to other social enterprises, such as catering companies staffed by disadvantaged people, to provide services to their offices
- Volunteer to help at charity and environmental events
- Offer work placements or internships to help young people to gain professional experience
- Support charities
- Take part in fundraising initiatives and encourage clients to contribute
- Volunteer time for companionship to the infirm, elderly or simply alone
There are countless ways in which every one of us can contribute time, effort or resource for a good cause, whether that is something environmental, social, or simply for ourselves, our colleagues or our own families. When businesses set an example of responsibility and goodwill, there is a significant ripple effect not only for the employees of the company, but for their clients, stakeholders and customers too. People do business with people – but if people can do business with people who do good, then everyone really can be a winner.
And in case you wondered what we’re doing…
Here are just a few of the causes supported by Spirus and / or our clients. Some are national, some local – all are very worthwhile causes, and ones close to our hearts. As well as charitable work, we’ve recently produced a sign for Swaffham Prior school, and are supporters of the Burwell Cricket Club. Always keen to give young people a chance, we are also taking on a work experience student this year to help them gain valuable insights into working life.
Macmillan Cancer Support http://www.macmillan.org.uk (Well supported by many of our clients, especially via the annual Coffee Morning event)
Cancer Research Race for Life: http://raceforlife.cancerresearchuk.org/index.html (Another cause supported by many of our clients, and our staff – Alison will be running the Pretty Muddy race in June. No photos, please)
Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation: http://www.roycastle.org/ (A hugely worthwhile cause of great personal importance – Alison will be running the Great South Run in October for this one. Then she’s having a rest.)
Children in Need: http://www.bbc.co.uk/corporate2/childreninneed (Need we say more?)
Andy’s Ark: http://www.andys-ark.org.uk/ (Wonderful local charity helping disadvantaged people to rebuild their lives, whether facing physical disability or mental health issues, and run by the very lovely Andy Kent, recent winner of the Institute of the Motor Industry’s lifetime achievement award. Our MD Tania took part in a very memorable catwalk show to support this one!)
Street Sports: www.acstreetsports.com (Great local charity supporting young people in becoming more active to promote positive behaviour)
Headway: www.headway-cambs.org.uk (Another fantastic local charity helping with trauma and recovery following head injuries and brain damage)
The Soundwave Project: www.headway-cambs.org.uk (Charity aiming to tackle the stigmas surrounding mental health issues, offering advice and support)