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Lendlease - Five Minutes with Simon Burwood

Category: Health and Wellbeing

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To find out why Lendlease is the place for them, this week, we take five minutes out to discuss health and wellbeing with:

Simon Burwood,

Operations Director, Consulting

I’VE WORKED AT LENDLEASE FOR…

Almost 12 years. I’ve had several roles in that time in various business units and central functions, but from where I started, I’ve come back full circle to our Consulting business.

TO ME, WELLBEING IS ABOUT…

Personal health, whether that’s mental or physical, and how it impacts your happiness, comfort and contentment in life.

FROM MY EXPERIENCE… 

When I became a father, I was interested to explore Lendlease’s progressive and accommodating mindset around wellbeing. As a parent, I wanted an active relationship with, first, my daughter’s nursery and nowadays her school. It was important to me to be there to drop her off some days and collect her on others.

It’s fantastic to now comment that in the four years since I introduced these small adjustments into my working pattern, I’ve never experienced anything other than support in respect of my routine and the business has absolutely accommodated my personal requirements. If you go back a generation or two, a father wouldn’t traditionally get that opportunity. You wouldn’t see too many dads lining up to collect their kids from school. Of course, the quid pro quo is that I also work outside of regular office hours to keep on top of my work.

It’s important to me and my family that I share responsibility for the school run with my wife, ensuring both of us can pursue our careers.  I also think it’s important that others in the business see me doing this and perhaps it will inspire some to think about and work on their wellbeing.

MY LAST WELLBEING DAY…

Was a family trip to Legoland. Weekends fly by and it’s nice to be able to change the pace with an extra day outside of annual leave.  As a family, we don’t often get a spare day!

People will be more productive if they have some time away from the office to re-charge their batteries and it’s great we’re allowed the opportunity to do this.

I LOOK AFTER MY WELLBEING BY…

Hopping off the tube a stop early to walk to the office. Just a little bit of exercise in the morning makes me feel better and I can get my morning coffee on the way in.

LENDLEASE IS THE PLACE FOR ME BECAUSE…

It has an extraordinarily altruistic outlook for its employees’ wellbeing. Mental health still isn’t talked about enough in the industry but we’re on the front foot. The people I spend my time with in the business certainly talk honestly and openly about it, which is great.

Find out more about health and wellbeing at Lendlease here.

Are you interested in a career with Lendlease? Please click here!

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