Mars Recognises the Value of Staff Wellbeing At Work
(3BL Media/Justmeans) - While physical health and safety in the workplace remains of paramount concern, more recently there has been a growing recognition of the importance of psychosocial issues, with a focus on the psychological, values and social elements of work. An exploration of work and wellbeing touches on a vast array of employment relations topics, from leadership to job design, from organisational policy to workplace culture.
Our perceptions and experience of work have changed considerably over the past 20 years. Work gives us the money we need to support ourselves and our families. It provides us with purpose, status and friendship, all of which can have a profound effect on our sense of wellbeing. Yet, as the pace and nature of work has altered— through work pressures, greater flexibility, technological advances and the blurring of what constitutes ‘work’ and ‘home’ life—so has our understanding of the impact that work has on our emotional and mental wellbeing.
At Mars Canada's Bolton headquarters, the company has taken extra measures to ensure that its employess are comfortable bringing their pets to work, as its own research suggests that this is important for wellbeing. Mars initially encouraged staff to bring their pets to work three years ago, when it established an outdoor "doggie courtyard." It now provides free dog treats and special indoor facilities as well. The company has done a lot of research, understanding that the relationship between pet and owner is really important. As a business it is focused on wellbeing: pet friendly offices can act a stress reducer for both the pets and their owners. It can also create a fun work place as staff may find that they connect with others that they wouldn't normally interact within the office.
Mar's pet-friendly office culture was recognised at the beginning of 2013 when the company was commended in the list of Fortune's 100 Best Companies to Work For. It has since also been acclaimed as one of the World's Best Multinational Workplaces by Great Places®, the world's largest annual study of workplace excellence which identifies the top 25 best multinational in terms of workplace culture.
The future challenges to health and wellbeing such as ageing workforce and economic austerity measures means that the weak links in organisations are easily exposed, which is why wellbeing and value driven initiatives are crucial. Mars boasts employees who love not only the products they make, but also the office culture and the company's long-standing principles. It is now widely accepted in modern office culture that wellbeing and emotions are of significant importance in human decision making processes and, ultimately, for the long-term health of the company.
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