Caring for colleagues and communities during the pandemic

Concern about the health and wellbeing of our colleagues and the communities where we work during the Covid-19 crisis drove us to progress a pioneering programme of wide-ranging initiatives.

Realising that ‘we’re all in the same storm but we’re not in the same boat’ and proving that we’re an inclusive firm that listens to its people, we consulted our 17 partners and 200 staff. 

And because we appreciate that we’re all better together in these tough times, we strengthened the ties we’ve established with our local communities by continuing to work with charities and schools for the greater good.

Our programme began with us designing a staff survey to identify and address issues and concerns about working from home such as anxiety, feelings of isolation and their ability to do the job. 

Taking on board their feedback, we brought in a specialist workplace wellbeing team, The Vibrancy Hub, and staged regular health and wellbeing sessions online, kept in touch with each other each and every week (it’s good to talk!) and launched on the back of our survey a Cycle To Work scheme allowing colleagues to enjoy the health and mental benefits of exercise. 

We appreciate that we’re all better together in these tough times

Seeing the popularity of the scheme, we purchased a bike shelter and two bikes that staff can use for local client meetings (when the government says we can) or to take a much-needed break. 

We emerged from this exercise with our people feeling further valued and the firm having proven its credentials for caring and listening during Covid.  Our caring attitude extends to our communities via initiatives such as virtual online Lunch and Learn sessions, where we donate the cost of a colleague’s lunch to local food banks including Blackburn Food Bank and progressing our partnerships with local schools such as Blackburn Central High School by providing recycled laptops for disadvantaged pupils.

Beever and Struthers - a firm that cares, listens and recognises the need to support health and wellbeing for its people, while continuing to care for its communities and deliver services to its valued clients.

For more information, please contact Jo Rigby on jo.rigby@beeverstruthers.co.uk or visit www.beeverstruthers.co.uk

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