AXON Recognised for Excellence in Wellbeing
London, United Kingdom – 24 January 2019 – AXON Communications is pleased to announce it has been awarded Excellence in Wellbeing, a new UK-wide initiative by Great Places to Work® to recognise organisations with excellent wellbeing practices, as perceived by employees. The Excellence in Wellbeing recognition is based on six dimensions that drive a culture of wellbeing: work environment, mental and physical health, financial security, interpersonal relationships, work–life balance and fulfilment at work. Feedback from AXON staff that led to the award included such comments as:
“People genuinely care about each other and provide support not only at a work capacity, but also on an emotional wellbeing level too”.
“The company is very people-orientated, compared with most other agencies, and involves employees in organisation decisions and offers a lot of autonomy”.
“There is a wonderful family feel working at AXON, which is rare among medical communications agencies”.
“There is a lot of emphasis on achieving a good work–life balance, and to work in a healthy environment, both mentally and physically”.
This recognition follows the 2018 launch of AXON’s formal Wellbeing Programme, with its goal ‘to support employees in positively managing their own wellbeing and helping them understand how they can positively influence the wellbeing of others’. The AXON programme (known internally as ‘Wellbeing Wednesdays’) includes content and events built around the ‘5 Ways to Wellbeing’, originally developed by The New Economics Foundation. AXON’s Wellbeing Wednesdays have included such topics as emotional first aid, saving for a deposit when living in London, self-defense and desk yoga, among others. These activities build upon existing agency initiatives, such as flexible working hours and home working, and an annual wellness subsidy (£150) that staff can use to support their physical and emotional wellbeing.
Additionally, AXON has invested in several employees gaining an accreditation from Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) England as MHFA Champions, who are empowered to support colleagues’ positive wellbeing and to signpost employees and managers towards further specialised support.
“Wellness is something we are very passionate about at AXON, particularly as we work in healthcare and have a deep understanding of the implications of mental and physical health on positive wellbeing,” said Miranda Dini, Managing Partner of AXON. “We support the overall wellbeing of our staff by offering a programme that touches upon many aspects of daily life – in the office and beyond. We often hear how much these activities are appreciated by employees, so to be recognised externally for our efforts in this area is a real cherry on the cake.”
The Excellence in Wellbeing recognition is the latest in a series of awards AXON has received from Great Places to Work®, having previously been recognised as one of the Best Workplaces™ for Women in the UK and awarded Best Workplaces™ in the UK (medium-sized category) for the fourth time in 2018, placing AXON higher than any other healthcare communications agency.