Slalom – Finalist 2021, Best for Mental Health and Wellbeing
A strong community culture and authentic personal connection drive the sense of wellbeing at the management consultancy firm, Slalom. Peer support sessions, buddying and joint tea breaks all foster an environment where individuals can talk with one another about their experiences, struggles and challenges.
Videos of Slalom employees talking about their own experiences with mental health challenges, disabilities or the pressures of living in lockdown all encourage an open culture.
A holistic approach to wellbeing has seen sessions on sleep, nutrition and exercise led by NHS professionals, as well as free nutritional snacks, yoga, running and other physical activities. Mindfulness sessions are available along with discounted subscriptions to wellness apps such as ‘Headspace’.
Flexible working includes formal and informal solutions to support a good work-life balance.
Around 20% of staff have been trained in active listening and this has been developed further into a ‘supporting supporters’ workshop, which covers a range of mental health awareness topics.
Slalom celebrates mental health campaigns like ‘Time to Talk Day’ with fundraising and raise awareness.
When Slalom ran an anonymous internal survey, 80% of staff rated Slalom’s mental health interventions as highly impactful, particularly during the pandemic.
In September 2020, 23 Slalom employees participated in a companywide challenge ‘Miles for Mind’. They exercised their way over 951 miles and raised £2,391 for Mind, the mental health charity.
Award sponsored by Hill Dickinson LLP