25 February 2021
Author: Momo Amjad
At The Future Laboratory, we reject the problematic presenteeism of hyper-productivity and work addiction. Healing and wellbeing are core commitments for our business. As part of our Road Map to Collective Healing we’ve introduced a number of wellbeing benefits and internal resources and initiatives to create a culture where all of our team feel supported. In addition, our internal Wellbeing task force are consulting every member of our business to find out what else we can do to support and improve their collective health.
Health and wellbeing benefits
: Smart Health gives members of the team and their families 24/7 unlimited access to health and wellbeing support, including access to virtual GPs and mental health professionals
: A bereavement counselling service and probate helpline is available to any team member and their families who are dealing with a bereavement and need access to emotional and practical support
: A dental scheme supports members of the team with routine and emergency dental care
: An eye care plan offers access to eye tests and glasses required for display screen equipment
: Annual flu jabs during the winter season protect employee health
Culture of balance and empowerment
: A shared resource of easily accessible policies outlining The Future Laboratory’s approach to anti-bullying and harassment, diversity and inclusion, anti-racism, LGBTQIA+ inclusion, trans+ inclusion, accessibility and disability inclusion, wellbeing and mental health
: Flexible working hours give employees the opportunity to define their own working pattern whether it’s influenced by home-schooling, mental health needs or circadian rhythms
: Make Your Future Happen is an annual benefit that supports employees in accessing learning, research and development for career-specific needs to personal growth
: ‘It’s OK to…’ internal campaign empowers employees to challenge presenteeism and work addiction
: Investment into Smarter Not Harder training aims to help us spend time on the things that matter to us and dismantle hyper-productivity by focusing on tangible efficiency
: Summer Fridays aim to let employees switch off an hour earlier during the warmer months to enjoy the sunshine
: Enhanced parental leave gives employees eligibility to receive above the statutory minimum during parental/adoptive leave
: Employees can take a Humanitarian day to work on the causes they care about
: An added day off for birthdays encourages employees to prioritise celebration and joy
As part of our road map, our peer-led employee networks are opportunities for those with any marginalised intersectionalities to be able to discuss their needs in a supportive space:
: Our Mental Health Network lets employees access a confidential space to start important mental health conversations in the workplace
: The Network for People of the Global Majority lets employees access mutual support and a space to be vulnerable without the constant challenges of white supremacy
: LGBTQIA+ Network creates a space for our LGBTQIA+ team members to be able to connect and express their sexuality and identity without fear
Diversity and healing
: Monthly Diversity Afternoon Meetings invite the whole organisation to collectively gather and engage with vulnerable topics or listen to all things inclusion
: Monthly D&I Newsletters invite perspectives and experiences across the team on topics related to inclusion, identity, marginalisation and wellbeing
: Regular Resource Toolkits are shared on specific topics such as disability, race, gender, sexuality and more
: D&I Coaches are available for a judgement-free approach to help support, guide and mentor the team
At The Future Laboratory we are committed to creating a culture in which all of us can thrive, rather than some of us. Since rolling out a number of these initiatives over the past few years, we have seen an improvement in year-on-year retention of team members.
But the road to healing is challenging, non-linear and continually evolving. It’s unique for all of us and contextual to our needs. While Radical Softness and vulnerability create the tools that we need as a business to create a culture of balance, support, empathy and growth, we know that this is only one part of the puzzle to create an equitable culture.
This article is part of our D&I series at The Future Laboratory. Explore the full series on our blog and discover what steps we are taking to make a better tomorrow happen.
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