When you join Atkins in the UK and Europe, we’ll support you and your priorities, making sure you’re valued for your participation. While we’re passionate about what we do, we try not to take ourselves too seriously. We have fun, look out for each other – staying well and healthy on our journey together.
It’s time to change
In 2017 we signed the Time to Change Pledge, developing an action plan to get our employees talking about mental health. It’s our aim to treat mental health like physical health, creating a culture where any one of us can speak up about how we’re feeling. Our programme has evolved and we’re currently working on updating our pledge.
Our wellbeing strategy
Creating a healthy workplace is one of our top priorities as part of our people plan for the region. Our Health and Wellbeing Steering Group exists with a high level of support from each business. We meet quarterly to review what is working for our employees and what we can do better. Our newly updated Mental Health Policy provides guidance that gets everyone involved in improving mental wellbeing at work.
After looking at the survey results from Britain’s Healthiest Workplace 2018, we will:
- Continue to raise awareness for and support mental health
- Support financial wellbeing, which leads to positive mental health
- Further promote physical activities
- Focus on nutrition and fatigue in ‘Life & Social’
As an employer of choice, we recognize that you exist outside of the office and that everyone has different interests and commitments. When you can excel in your personal life, you’ll bring that drive and passion to work. That’s why flexible working is a vital part of our collective success. You’ll be trusted to achieve your best at work, while structuring your time around what matters to you.
In October 2018, we launched our new Employee Assistance Programme, now provided by ComPsych across Atkins. This free, confidential service allows you to access guidance and support when you need it. It’s available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year by phone or online. It helps prevent small problems from becoming bigger ones and enables you to control the negative effects of challenging situations.Inclusive workspaces
Across the UK and Europe, we’re enhancing our current and new locations by making them more inclusive. In the UK we’re introducing welfare rooms equipped with sofas and washing facilities for hands and feet. These nourishing spaces can be used for breastfeeding, prayer, meditation and contemplation. In Sweden, employees can retreat to special rooms made for quiet times and relaxing.Mental health first aiders
In 2017 our UK offices piloted the Mental Health First Aider programme with 40 volunteers. The business followed this up by investing in volunteer training. The UK now has a community of over 120 Mental Health First Aiders, made up of people from all our underrepresented groups, with a 50/50 gender split. They’re trained to spot mental health issues, offer non-judgmental help, and guide colleagues towards support.Encouragement on the ground
Our people are committed to doing more than just talking about mental health issues. By actively supporting one another, we’re making Atkins a place where no one has to go at it alone. Employees have self started many different support groups. These include, Financial Wellbeing, BAME, Diversity & Inclusion, LGBT+, ENABLE (our disability network), Menopause in the Workplace, Mindfulness, and Women’s Development. Our co-support is meaningful – in 2018 ParentNet held webinars to help families promote positive mental wellbeing in children.Training when it’s needed most
When the pressure is on at work, resilience training is available for project teams. We also have specific MyCareer training that gives all our managers the tools and knowledge to support their teams’ mental health and wellbeing.
steps clocked in the Virgin Pulse Global Challenge
of UK staff feel empowered to raise concerns about safety
of UK staff feel enable to raise concerns about ethics