Wellness Days well received
It’s only been a couple of weeks since RML introduced Wellness Days across the business – part of our focus on the mental and physical wellbeing of staff, and very much something to talk about in this Mental Health Awareness Week.
The feedback on this initiative has been – as you might expect – 100% positive. Some colleagues were a little unsure to start with, wondering whether the four Wellness Days allocated to every employee each year, were in fact unpaid leave that would reduce their take-home pay.
Reassurance that this is not the case, that the Wellness Days are simply paid, designated time-off that an employee can use to recharge themselves, putting them in the right headspace for their jobs has reinforced the popularity of the policy; with many staff having already booked their additional day for the current quarter. “I think it’s a good idea it will enable the team to rest when needed. It is also a little perk for everyone.” Ash Carter from the production team commented.
In Mental Health Awareness week, it is important that we recognise that prevention is better than cure, and that we can all, from time to time, get over tired and overworked. Not only is this bad for the business, but it’s bad for individuals’ mental health and can lead to burnout, a combination of physical, mental, and emotional exhaustion.
Wellness Days simply give employees the chance to take care of their mental health.
This leave is provided in addition to regular annual leave and employees are entitled to one day every three months. As employees are encouraged to use the days for preventative physical and mental health, to positively impact their wellbeing. These days do not carry over to the next three-month period as the whole point is to use them!
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