PPS reintroduced #MentalhealthAwarenessWeek in November to show their support for their employees’ mental health.
At PPS, talking about mental health is a big thing for us. Therefore, we hosted our very own Mental Health Awareness Week from the 7th to the 13th of November.
PPS not only provides returnable transit packaging solutions, but we also strive to create a positive and supportive work environment for our employees. Every year, we host our own #MentalHealthAwarenessWeek to show our appreciation for all of our employees and to remind them where they can find us if they ever need us. We now have our own Mental Health First Aid team on hand, who are fully trained and ready to listen to anyone in need.
Healthy breakfast, anyone?
This year, we kicked it off with a PPS breakfast, and we made sure that all of our sites participated because we believe that the key to a great day is having a good breakfast, and as we all know, breakfast is the most important meal of the day. PPS provided everything from fresh fruit and porridge to croissants and muffins.
We then had a mid-week Scattergories quiz hosted by our very own Key Account Manager Melinda. The quiz took place just after lunchtime as we wanted the team to use this as a good way to break up their day and get away from their desks; this is also proven to increase productivity and boost morale in the office.
Coffee and cake
Then, at the end of the week, we had a coffee and cake afternoon. This was another reason for the team to step away from their desks and take in a few more calories at the same time. This went down a treat (no pun intended).
PPS Step Challenge
We also ran a steps challenge for the entire PPS group throughout the week, and if we learned anything from this challenge, it is that the PPS team is extremely competitive. We all know that exercise and mental health are linked, so what better way to improve your team’s mental health than to get them moving? Instead of accepting the prize of an Apple watch, our winner, Steve Nicholson, has decided to donate the money from the watch to the Mind Charity.
It doesn’t just stop after mental health awareness week; we are constantly doing our utmost to find different ways to improve our workplace and keep our employees happy and make sure that they enjoy their jobs.
We value our team and their mental health as they are the driving force behind PPS, so we make sure to look after them. One in six workers experiences common mental health problems, including anxiety and depression, and it’s our job as employers to make sure our team is not dealing with these problems alone and to offer our help when it’s needed.
Mental Health Hotlines
SAMARITANS: 116 123 (Freephone)
NHS MENTAL HEALTH: 111 (select option 2)
SANELINE: 0300 304 700 (Local rates apply)