Creating A Culture Of Wellbeing

Creating A Culture Of Wellbeing

This article first appeared in SHD Logistics‘ February edition. 

There is growing recognition of the importance of individual wellbeing inside and outside of the working environment. The subject of wellbeing has many broad implications for the quality of each individual’s life – how we choose to live and potentially how long we live.

Wellbeing and stress management issues are within the overall ‘duty of care’ that an employer owes to its employees. Provision of wellbeing services is crucial for employee engagement and creating a positive working culture.

Now more than ever before, employees are looking to their employer to help them access the services they need to stay fit and healthy, whether that be through flexible working, health care or physical activities.

With the transport, logistics and warehousing sector employing over 2.2 million people in the UK, it is vital that as an industry we are actively managing our workers wellbeing. Whether you are forklift operator, HR manager or CEO, your health and wellbeing matters and it’s important for each individual to feel happy, healthy and committed in their workplace.

Creating A Culture Of Wellbeing

Statistics from the Reward and Employee Benefits Association (REBA) 2018 Employee Wellbeing research study show that organisations are continuing to recognise that a strategic and properly measured wellbeing programme can make a powerful impact. But unfortunately, research from Westfield Health states that 52% of workers in the logistics industry believe organisations aren’t doing enough to support employee wellbeing. They also found that 68% of workers would use wellbeing services if their employer provided them. With 53% suggesting health check-ups, 53% back care and posture and 41% gym access.

There is no doubt that many logistics companies have practices in place, but as an industry it’s time we encourage others to recognise this and start putting plans into place.

Getting management on board

Employees take cues from how senior leaders behave, especially if they speak out about wellbeing, as it can have a huge impact. Team leaders, managers and directors can show commitment to staff wellbeing by taking a few simple actions: support a campaign to encourage physical activity; implement regular health checks; take full lunch breaks and commit to realistic working hours.

Raise awareness

Too often, employees feel afraid to speak to their colleagues or line manager. To raise awareness employers should be working to promote discussion of health and wellbeing to proactively challenge this harmful culture. One way to implement this could be inviting a guest speaker to discuss the challenges and outcomes of problems in the workplace. Hearing what it is like to have a problem from people who have experienced the issues first hand can help break down negative stereotypes.

Communication is key

Employee communication can be often overlooked. Those at a management level should regularly be engaging with their staff – and not just over email. One measure that could be put into place is email-free days. If you or your employees feel overwhelmed by email, it might be possible to propose a company-wide ban one day a month. This way your team can focus on communicating face-to-face, having one-on-ones with managers and team coaching.

In a time where we are experiencing worker shortages it’s important that our employees feel valued and appreciated for their hard work. Giving them a say or a difference in working, will improve morale and performance.

Encourage work life balance

We all face busy periods, especially around festive seasons, whether that be working to tough deadlines, pulling long hours or managing your time. Building resilience can help you to adapt to challenging circumstances. It’s important that we support our staff to make time for their home lives and interests outside of work by encouraging them to leave at sensible times, take short breaks and take annual leave.

Appreciate your workers

Reward your staff for their hard work where possible. Recognition incentives could include actions such as employee benefit schemes, bonuses, or even a bowl full of fruit and treats in the staff room. As Richard Branson has been known to say, “if you take care of your employees, they will take care of your customers.”

As an industry, it is time to realise that healthy, happy workers lead to a healthy, happy organisation.

If you would like any further information on creating a culture of wellbeing, please contact us on talentinlogistics@capitb.co.uk. Alternatively, to start putting this into practice, contact wellbeing services such as MIND and Stress Management Society.

Creating A Culture Of Wellbeing

How Sponsoring Talent in Logistics Can Benefit Your Business

The Talent in Logistics Conference and Awards is the must-attend event for HR, L&D and operational professionals within the logistics sector to share best practice and knowledge, as well as recognising and rewarding talented individuals, teams and organisations within the sector.

One of the best ways of getting involved is to become a sponsor, whether that be through sponsorship of an award category, conference theatre, info zone or drinks reception.

Would you like the opportunity to prove your business is a responsible, collaborative and sector-leading brand? If so, then here are some of the benefits to be gained from a partnership:

Recruit top logistics sector talent

Showcase your business, investment and commitment to people in logistics, and the employment opportunities you offer and make your business the destination of choice for the sector’s top talent.

Demonstrate your greatest competitive advantage – your people!

As this is the only event dedicated to the recognition of people, and learning development across the sector, by getting involved with the Talent in Logistics Conference and Awards, you are showing the industry and your competitors that you value your people. After all, they are your biggest asset.

Get in front of decision makers

Through sponsorship, your brand will be seen by hundreds of decision makers from across the transport, logistics and warehousing sector, as well as raising your profile amongst your peers. The 2018 Talent in Logistics Conference and Awards attendees included operations directors, commercial directors, distribution managers, transport managers, training managers and health & safety managers.

Positive brand promotion

Reinforce brand perception, influence customer behaviour and associate your brand with excellence, no matter what your budget is. Promotional opportunities include advertising, editorial, logo placement, social media, and more opportunities in the lead up, during and after the events.

By promoting this to your customers you can demonstrate your commitment to training and development and why you’re a great brand to do business with.

Showcase your services to the right people

The Talent in Logistics event provides the opportunity to network with our sector’s most influential learning and development leaders, making it the perfect opportunity to showcase your business and your services.

Generate quality sales leads

With the chance to reach a vast cross-section of logistics professionals before, during and after the Conference and Awards, this is a sales opportunity not to be missed!

The networking opportunities, supported by branding across the event, place you front of mind for managers and directors looking to purchase the products and services you offer.

Make your staff feel valued

Aligning your company with the Talent in Logistics event demonstrates your commitment to talent and training of the people in your business. Dedicated, hard-working employees can be difficult to find and retain, but showing that you value their work and their development will help boost loyalty.

Cement your sector authority

Increase your credibility and cement your position as a thought leader. Our different packages include speaking opportunities, as well as opportunities to collaborate with us on a thought leadership piece, giving you a range of unique opportunities to demonstrate your expertise in learning and development, and attracting talent.

How do I get involved with Talent in Logistics?

There are many ways to get involved, from the annual conference itself to the prestigious awards evening. Across our live competitions, individual awards and exhibition area, we can support the needs and objectives of your organisation.

No matter which option you choose, you’ll get multiple opportunities for brand exposure. Packages can include an exhibition stand, promotion via the website, tickets to the event and inclusion on digital & print marketing.

To get the best out of the event, we can also offer bespoke packages to best meet the needs of your organisation and what you are looking for, in terms of both exposure and budget.

To find out more or discuss which package will be the best option for you, contact Ruth at ruth_edwards@capitb.co.uk or call 01952 520220.

 

Why Talent In Logistics Is A Great Place To Network

Getting the most out of a conference can be challenging. It’s one thing to go home with hundreds of goodie bags, but it brings imaginable opportunities to leave with fresh relationships and meaningful connections. That’s why at Talent in Logistics, the magic is in the people.

For us, we love meeting and greeting our attendees. We are eager to welcome each individual and make them feel at home straight away.

It is highly likely that you will meet other interesting people and be exposed to a broader audience who work in various companies of size. Plus it’s great fun to meet individuals from all walks of life.

But what are the benefits of networking at our annual conference and awards ceremony?

Benefit 1: Break out of the comfort zone

Attending Talent in Logistics forces you to break out of your comfort zone. There are many born networkers in this world, but for many of us live events and human conversations can be challenging. Attending our event allows you to take action and break out of your old ways of thinking. If you’re feeling nervous, bring along a colleague so you won’t feel completely on your own – they may also know of some key people to network with.

 Benefit 2: Like-minded people

When you sit in one of our conference theatres, you’ll discover that you’re not alone in experiencing the various difficulties within your business or wanting to improve. Individuals who are willing to take time and learn something new are those who want to ‘better’ themselves. It’s important we work together to express these challenges.

Benefit 3: Meet the experts

Having the opportunity to be in the same room and listen to how industry experts/peers approach business is certainly a great experience and one that you can only benefit from. When you share the same space, they are sure to help you to understand how to overcome certain challenges and what opportunities that could lead to.

Benefit 4: Learn new tools

Our exhibitors are likely to share and display solutions you may not have seen before. Products or services that make the industry a better, faster or different place gives you a reason to learn something new. Of course, you can view these on their websites, but it’s much more fun to get a hands-on experience.

Benefit 5: You get to enjoy yourself

Though not a high priority, but it shouldn’t be left off the list – it’s time to have a little fun. With our live competitions, speaker theatres and awards evening, you won’t struggle to find a way to break into conversation. By the end of the day you will have made some amazing connections – we are sure of it!

Face-to-face networking can be challenging, but with our five killer tips you are sure to smash networking effectively:

  1. Break the ice – first impressions are lasting, start by setting the tone of the conversation. Take the opportunity to get to know someone better whilst staying focused on your goal.
  2. Open with your elevator pitch – make yourself and the company you are representing stand out to your listener, be interesting, memorable and succinct. A good elevator pitch should last no longer than a short elevator ride of 20-30 seconds – hence the name.
  3. Be engaged – keep eye contact with your conversation partner; nod your head and tilt your body towards them slightly when you’re speaking. These small cues go a long way towards make them feel like you care and are listening.
  4. Don’t be afraid to join in – introduce yourself by joining a conversation. In most cases, those speaking will enjoy the interruption because it gives them a chance to meet someone new. If you sense that you’ve entered into a serious discussion, it’s ok to politely excuse yourself.
  5. Take notes – when you ask for someone’s business card after having a great conversation, take notes after they walk away or immediately after the event. This will help you to be more specific in your follow-up.

Talent in Logistics provides you with a unique convergence of networking, learning and enjoyment all rolled into one. If you think it’s time to step out of the office to grow and challenge yourself, then it’s time to attend our 2019 event.

Tickets for the conference and awards ceremony are on sale now, click here to book your place! If you have any questions or queries, please contact us on talentinlogistics@capitb.co.uk.

Employee Engagement Can Positively Impact Retention

“The only way to do great work is to love what you do” – Steve Jobs

It is quite often the case, that our focus on employee engagement is the first thing that is dropped when workloads get heavy, budgets are cut or during peak demand. In an industry where employee retention can be difficult, profit margins are tight and customer satisfaction is very important, we must do more to recognise that having an engaged workforce plays a vital role in our organisation’s success.

Who looks after employee engagement within your organisation? Some large businesses have designated people to champion engagement amongst employees, but more often than not it falls into the responsibilities of others as an extra-curricular part of their role.

“Organisations in the top quartile for engagement (where more than 7 in 10 employees are engaged) saw a 4% increase in sales growth compared to an average company. By contrast, bottom quartile engagement companies were down -1%.” (Aon Hewitt)

So here are our top tips that no matter what your budget or whose responsibility it is, can be adopted within your workplace;

Senior Leadership

  1. Build trust by keeping your promises. If you say you are going to do something for your colleagues, make sure you do it or explain clearly why you haven’t.
  2. Be visible. Don’t lock yourself in the office, make sure you go onto the shop floor as often as you can to interact with the team.
  3. Understand that respect works both ways. Everyone’s role is essential and without them your business would not function, so make sure you show them that.
  4. Motivate, support and challenge. Give regular constructive feedback to your employees, do not steer away from difficult conversations – it will be beneficial in the long run.

Give your workforce a voice

  1. Empower your workforce. Involve them in Continuous Improvement processes, you could even create CI Champions. Listen and involve them in decision making.
  2. Let opinions be heard. Remember employees have the answers, let them help you to grow, innovate and succeed. Create graffiti areas or Stop, Start, Continue boards.
  3. Make time for your employees. Talk to them, either informally when you are passing through the operation, create engagement surveys or organise ‘Let’s Talk’ sessions.

Give people the right tools to do the job 

  1. Training and development. Value the impact that expanding your employees’ knowledge base has, it will improve their weaknesses, drive a higher performance and of course it shows they are valued and will therefore boost morale.
  2. Coaching and mentoring. Your employees will feel supported and will build valuable skills to help in their career development – what better way to invest in them?
  3. Team collaboration. Encouraging collaboration between teams makes for a stronger workforce.
  4. Reward and recognition for a good job done! Rewarding your employees doesn’t always have to involve pay raises and bonuses. Appreciate them with thank you notes, monthly awards and a decent appraisal process.

Corporate Brand & Responsibility

  1. Be clear on your company objectives. Make sure your employees know how they can contribute towards them and how they will benefit
  2. Show that you care about your employees. Have a strong health, safety and wellbeing strategy with goals for accident reductions, clear return to work processes and absence management.
  3. Show that you care about others. Have great engagement with and give back to the local community, have clear environmental and sustainability strategies, lead on and support charitable work.

Part of the process for employee engagement may be to complete a survey (as mentioned above), where we ask for the employee’s opinion on many different topics such as brand, health, safety and wellbeing, communication, senior leadership etc. However, that is only a small part of the actions that need to be taken to get the most out of a feedback survey. Sitting and staring at those online responses will only get you so far, you need to get into the workplace and speak to people! Make engagement a constant, not just an annual activity that you switch on when the survey monkey lands in their inbox.

If you give your employees a sense of purpose and fulfilment in their job they will approach their work with energy, dedication and focus and we can assure you that your business will reap the benefits. It will improve your customer satisfaction, reduce your workplace accidents, you will see greater retention levels and reduced absence through sickness.

Don’t delay it, create your plan today and start engaging with your workforce. You won’t regret it!