HTM | Highway Traffic Management achieves Bronze at Mind’s Workplace Wellbeing Awards
HTM is one of 106 organisations to take part in Mind’s second annual Workplace Wellbeing Index and was recognised with a Bronze Award, meaning they are committed to achieving change within their workplace.
Mind, the mental health charity, provides advice and support to empower anyone experiencing a mental health problem.
Mind’s Workplace Wellbeing Index is a benchmark of best policy and practice, celebrating the good work employers are doing to promote and support positive mental health, and providing key recommendations on the specific areas where there is room to improve.
Every employer depends on having healthy and productive employees – valued and supported staff are far more likely to perform better and achieve peak performance. Mental health problems are common among employees. Mind surveyed more than 44,000 employees across the employers participating in the Awards and found that 7 in 10 had experienced a mental health problem in their lives, with over one in two (53 per cent) affected by poor mental health in their current workplace.
The survey results and report have come at a perfect time for HTM with the current health pandemic.
HTM, like many other companies in the highways industry, are focusing heavily on physical health at the moment, increasing PPE efforts, social distancing, adjustments to safe working practise, increased cleaning schedules etc, but the emphasis on mental health has stayed prevalent during this time.
HTM’s HR team is completing daily wellbeing calls to every operative at work or shielding for health reasons and regular posts focusing on mental health.
With the survey report coming during this time, it means that HTM can increase their efforts in mental health and wellbeing and create an action plan internally but also to improve material for the TM: Talk More campaign that they created for the industry back in 2017.
Talk More is a simple but unique campaign within the traffic management industry that set out to reduce the stigma surrounding mental health within the highways sector.
Traffic Management is predominantly a male-orientated sector and when Talk More was launched, 78% of suicides in the UK were males. Further analysis of those numbers showed even more alarming numbers when it came to both males under 40 and males in construction.
Over the last 3 years, HTM has implemented a variety of mental health wellbeing practices into their operations as their commitment to Talk More has only grown.
Greg Baldwin Business Director at HTM said:
“We’re very proud to receive this award as a focus on mental health and wellbeing has been a major development within our business.
“We’ve always strived for happy and healthy staff, but the prevalence of mental health awareness has certainly increased both within our business, and the entire world over the last few years.
“There is a collective effort to reduce the stigma around mental health disorders, and initially Talk More was devised to provide an outlet for our workforce. Over the last 3 years, the campaign has grown to incorporate more than just our own people, as we reach out to other traffic management companies and other industry professionals to join the cause.”
Emma Mamo, Head of Workplace Wellbeing at Mind, said:
“Every employer depends on having a healthy and productive workforce – valued and supported employees are far more likely to deliver the best outcomes for your organisation. That’s why we’re delighted to recognise and celebrate employers making mental health a priority for their organisation through our Workplace Wellbeing Awards.
“This year, we’ve been overwhelmed to see so much good practise right across the board, from each and every one of the 106 diverse employers to take part. The Awards event provided an opportunity to recognise those forward-thinking employers who are at the cutting edge when it comes to investing in their staff wellbeing, and in turn, getting the best outcomes for their business.”