“Alongside providing meaningful work, we aim to provide a workplace which offers a bit more to our hardworking talent”

An interview with this year’s Best Physical Initiative Award Winner; Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy

Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy has provided its employees with a set of robust physical initiatives, including gym memberships valued at £800 per annum, allowing access to multiple fitness centres within their region of work. Additionally, the organisation ensures its many other health initiatives are tried and tested on the factory floor to ensure effectiveness and viability.

Their commitment to encouraging physical wellbeing, and their understanding of how this can affect the workplace positively was recognised at this year's Great British Workplace Wellbeing Awards, as they were awarded Best Physical Initiative Award.

We caught up with Andy Sykes, Plant Director at Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy, after winning their award to find out what winning this award meant to their team, learn about the importance of their work currently, and what we can expect to see from them in the future.

“As a leadership team, we are so proud of this accolade,” said Andy. “More so for the efforts of our colleagues who really do get involved, making workplace wellbeing part of their daily activities as a team. We saw The Workplace Wellbeing Awards as a great platform with like-minded employers and groups to share our journey with.”

So, what are they doing differently from other businesses that offer physical initiatives, and what truly sets them apart from others?

“Alongside providing meaningful work, we aim to provide a workplace which offers a bit more to our hardworking talent,” he said. “As we have a wide-reaching demographic of ages and backgrounds in our team, we aim to provide a workplace that is fully inclusive. I feel the concept behind our Wellbeing initiative did exactly that. It created a space for all colleagues to focus on their physical and mental wellbeing during, what was, a difficult period of time where colleagues and their families felt the impact of the covid pandemic. 

What sets us apart from other businesses, is that we embed our wellbeing offering as part of our 'Business as Usual' so whether it is the start of shift stretches, to release tired muscles before an 11.5hour shift, healthy food choices in our onsite canteen ensuring colleagues can make informed decisions, family-focused activities to ensure everyone can 'get moving' or 6-week boot camp sessions with 121 nutrition and fitness guidance in a work-based community - we really put wellbeing at the heart of everything we do.”

With all of the work they’re doing to help their employees both physically and mentally, we wanted to know why this is so important to them, and a bit more about their relationship with wellbeing.  

“We have a wide variety of roles at Siemens Gamesa, Hull, and those who are production-based, often walk in excess of 20,000 steps working in teams. In order for our colleagues to bring the best version of themselves to work, both physical and mental wellbeing is equally as important to us. Working alongside Coyle Health and Wellbeing, our wellbeing managers coach our colleagues that feeling healthy and well will have a positive impact on their productivity, concentration, effectiveness, and positive mood. The two, for us, go hand in hand”, said Andy.  

Wellbeing is clearly already a priority at Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy, but as the conversation around mental and physical wellbeing continues, and its importance in the workplace grows, we wanted to know what they have in store to keep up with the conversation, and how they are going to continue to support and provide benefits to their employees.  

“We are excited to take our wellbeing journey forward with a new digital platform,” he said. “The use of community groups to host our Covid Bootcamp activities proved to us that our colleagues respond to having information and encouragement at the touch of a button. Therefore, we are super proud to have just launched our very own Wellbeing App for all Siemens Gamesa Hull Colleagues.

“Here each colleague can complete a daily self-assessment to show just how charged up they are to face the day/shift ahead. Under each section of the application, information can be found under the topics 'Move Well', 'Eat Well', 'Sleep Well' and 'Think Well' including recipes, guided exercise plans, podcasts and useful resources. The app also allows all colleagues to book exercise classes and other activities such as events, walks and challenges.”

Implementing practices like this is a great way to create a positive workplace that ensures employees are supported and provided with resources to help them both physically and mentally. The wellbeing of those around us has never been more important than it is today, and Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy has shown a great example of how we can all do better to make workplace wellbeing the number one priority.

Are you a business going above and beyond to put the physical and mental wellbeong of your employees first? If yes, you could be in with the chance of winning the next Great British Workplace Wellbeing Awards. Enter here; https://greatbritishworkplacewellbeing.awardsplatform.com/ 


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