Ambition gives staff time off for Mental Health Awareness week
Ambition has been taking part in Mental Health Awareness week, focusing on how to tackle stress and help improve mental health in the workplace.
To kickstart the conversation, the recruitment firm set up an interactive ‘Stress Awareness Space’ noticeboard in its kitchen as a means of encouraging employees to share their experiences of stress and their tips on dealing with it.
Ambition has also been strongly encouraging employees to use their lunchbreaks this week. They understand the value and importance of employees taking time away from their desks. Some of the ideas put forward for ways to spend lunchbreaks include:
• Take a team lunch in the park
• Have a wander in the sun
• Catch up with friends who work nearby
• Read a book
• Take a nap
• Listen to a podcast
On Tuesday, the company took part in The Mental Health foundation’s "Curry & Chaat" fundraising event. The aim of Curry & Chaat is simple: Get together with colleagues, enjoy a delicious curry and raise money for the Mental Health Foundation and their vision of a world with good mental health for all and a less stressed nation. The event was received extremely well by their employees and was a great way to encourage employees to take time out away from their desks and catch up with each other in a relaxed environment.
Finally, to further promote improving mental health and lowering stress levels, Ambition is offering every employee an extra hour off this week to use as they please – either by taking a longer lunchbreak, coming in an hour later or leaving an hour early. They hope that this extra hour will offer their employees the time to take part in activities that help them to de-stress and focus on their mental wellbeing.
Nicky Acuna Ocana, managing director of Ambition UK, said, “Recruitment can be a stressful career so ensuring our staff to take time out to de-stress is something we take extremely seriously. This week especially we are encouraging employees to focus on their mental wellbeing and use their time to de-stress.” Although we are focusing on mental health specifically this week, we always encourage and support staff when they are feeling overwhelmed. Letting our staff know that we are here for them brings the team together and helps to improve productivity and communication across the business.”
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