The health and wellbeing of our team is a priority at Knill James. We are committed to creating a supportive environment where openness and the ability to bring your whole self to work are the norm.
We have trained Mental Health First Aiders and a team of Wellbeing Champions who actively promote wellbeing initiatives. All our team have access to our wellbeing hub on the intranet with its wealth of resources and support, as well as access to 24/7 Employee Assistance Programme (EAP) schemes.
We also have a large kitchen/dining area for everyone to use, plus our Mellow Yellow Zone which has been designed as a space where the team can chill out, socialise and have informal meetings when they’re in the office.
Wellbeing events and activities
During the year we also run regular events and activities to promote the team’s wellbeing. Recent events have included introductory sessions on mindfulness and Pilates, and a webinar to raise awareness of and offer support with anxiety.
To mark Mental Health Awareness Week in May 2023, the whole team received wellbeing hour vouchers. There are also regular team fundraising and volunteering events, and we have a programme of lunchtime and after work walks during the summer months, taking advantage of the beautiful Sussex countryside on our doorstep.
In November 2022, we were delighted to be awarded the Committed Employer Award through the Wellbeing at Work accredited programme operated by Public Health at East Sussex County Council, which was followed by the Bronze Award in February 2023.
Being members of the Wellbeing at Work scheme has helped us to focus and create a framework for all our wellbeing activities. We believe that making health and wellbeing a priority not only benefits our people but the firm as a whole, making us a happier, healthier and more productive team, enabling us all to thrive.
Top left: Walking near Glynde | Top right: On Mount Caburn
Bottom left: Pilates session led by Katie from In-Balance Pilates
Bottom right: Wellbeing Champions Michael Williams (left) and Gemma Hanrahan (right) with Tracey Tivey, HR Manager (centre)
The Knill James team ‘Let’s get Fiscal!’ raised over £2,500 for Macmillan Cancer Support