We are proud
to announce that O.C.O’s recent Focus on You Campaign was shortlisted as a
finalist in the APT’s Award for Fostering Good Mental Health in the Workplace.
Of all the
finalists shortlisted for awards this year, O.C.O were the only one not in the ‘Care
Industry’. Other finalists included NHS
Trusts, a school, a prison and other support services for adults and young
people with complex needs.
Our Focus on
You Campaign, led by Lee Thompson, Christine Oddy and Karen Finch, ran from 1st
April to 30th June this year to promote positive mental health and
wellbeing across the Company.
90 staff across 3 production sites in the UK, the team of Mental Health First
Aiders became acutely aware of the wide-ranging effects that the recent COVID
pandemic was having on a huge number of employees.
With the full
backing of the Board of Directors, the Campaign was launched with a wellbeing
gift box being sent to all members of staff.
This contained a number of little treats all aimed at getting our staff
to take some time out and look after themselves for a few minutes for a change. There were biscuits and hot drinks sachets,
candles and face masks among other things.
A number of
activities and competitions were implemented across the Campaign’s three-month
period. From a Race round the Sites
where we asked staff and their friends and families to walk, run, cycle or even
skip the 574-mile distance between the three sites to art and photography
competitions – and Easter Egg design to signify Kindness, an Earth Day Poster
competition and a photo competition entitled ‘what makes you happy’
for all competitions were shared with all staff around the business by
displaying them on all Company laptop and desktop backgrounds and canvasses
have been printed of the winning entries which are displayed in conference
rooms and receptions at the three sites.
pitted against the Black Country Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust and Leeds
Teaching Hospitals NHS Trustin the Fostering Good Mental Health in the Workplace
Award category and all three finalists delivered a presentation on their
Campaigns during an online event held on 30th Septembervia Zoom. Voting was opened after the presentations and
the results given there and then.
congratulations go to the Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust for their campaign
of offering psychological support to over 20,000 members of staff across Leeds’
hospitals during the COVID-19 pandemic.
some very encouraging comments from the other finalists and attendees of the awards
We were praised for the diversity of the events we ran and for a ‘great initiative’, with ‘super ideas’ in making our ‘people feeling valued’.
This was O.C.O’s first ever Focus on You Campaign but, following some
really positive feedback received in our recent staff survey, it will
most definitely not be the last!