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At FutureLearn, we have a duty of care to our staff to ensure they are able to work in a healthy environment that promotes work life balance, flexibility and self care. This is to ensure our employees are able to thrive and bring their best selves to work, whilst maintaining their wellbeing.
How we’re making an impact
Here are some of the initiatives we are most proud of:
Mental Health Champions
We currently have two mental health champions in the business who are also trained as mental health first aiders. The purpose of our champions is to offer advice and support to colleagues in the area of mental health, where staff can have an informal confidential chat about how they are feeling. They also work closely with our People team to provide feedback and ideas for how we can continually improve wellbeing in the workplace and support the roll out of key initiatives.
We have benefits that we offer to staff that support their wellbeing. These include the following:
We recently partnered with the mental health app Calm to give staff free access to their premium app. The aim is to support staff build their resilience, and mental fitness and to help lower stress and anxiety, with a range of breathing exercises and techniques for better sleeping patterns.
Our Westfield health cash plan enables staff to claim money back up to certain limits for a range of treatments, such as eyecare, dental, consultations and alternative wellbeing treatments. It also covers counseling sessions and a 24 hour help and advice line.
Mind’s Wellbeing Index
At FutureLearn we’re always finding new ways to improve our wellbeing offering and as such, we’re pleased to be working with the mental health charity Mind to participate in their annual wellbeing index. The index is a staff survey to collect staff feedback on how well they feel their wellbeing is being supported in the workplace, and help us identify where improvements can be made in our policies and processes.