Mirka increases focus on employee well-being

Mirka UK is introducing a comprehensive Employee Assistance Programme, which places health and well-being at the heart of the organisation to ensure sustainability, stability, and staff retention.

At the time of Covid-19, when employees were working from home, the company recognised that the unprecedented situation presented many challenges. It established a Well-being Working Group and conducted a Well-being Survey among its staff. As a result of the findings, four Mental Health First Aiders were recruited from across the business to be fully trained in supporting staff with their well-being.

The full programme, which aligns with Mirka’s Investors in People Gold Award, incorporates regular staff surveys, team WhatsApp groups, and the creation of a business card which includes the contact details of the Mental Health First Aiders and important mental health charities and organisations. In addition, there is a series of support packages covering many areas including counselling, stress and emotional management, independent financial advice, budget planning, hints and tips on saving, and planning for retirement.

Craig Daycock, managing director at Mirka UK, said: “Employee support should be at the heart of a healthy, stable and sustainable business. The Covid-19 pandemic demonstrated to the Mirka leadership team that a robust Employee Assistance Programme that embraces stress and emotional management will deliver strong employee retention and excellent working practices.”