Stagecoach signs Time to Change pledge and launches wellbeing programme

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Following the signing of the Time to Change pledge, Stagecoach’s wellbeing scheme aims to help staff improve their physical and emotional health

Stagecoach Group Chief Executive, Martin Griffiths (second right), Stagecoach Operations Manager Helen Smith, Andrew Berrie, Time to Change Employer Programme Manager and Michelle Hargreaves, Stagecoach UK Bus People Change Director

Stagecoach has signed the Time to Change pledge and vows to tackle workplace stigma around mental health. The company has also launched a fitness and wellbeing programme for its UK Bus employees.

Stagecoach has said it is committing to deliver a comprehensive action plan that will promote mental wellbeing in the workplace and encourage employees to talk about how they feel.

The plan includes the appointment of a new People Change Director, Michelle Hargreaves, who will lead on the company’s health and wellbeing initiatives. The company has pledged to set up a Wellbeing Champions Committee with representatives from each regional bus company.

Employees will also have access to mental health awareness and mental health first aid training and there will be a dedicated wellness section on the company intranet with advice and information on where support is available for employees.

This week Stagecoach also launched a corporate wellbeing scheme as it announced the expansion of its Driving Fitness Together wellbeing programme to all UK Bus staff.

The home-based plan aims to help staff improve their physical and emotional health through a series of videos covering physical workouts as well as other aspects of wellbeing including nutrition, hydration, stress management, goal setting, confidence and sleep management.

Stagecoach East Midlands Managing Director, Matt Cranwell, said: “The wellbeing of our staff is hugely important. We all spend a large part of our lives at work so it’s important that we support each other and look after our health.”

Stagecoach Group Chief Executive, Martin Griffiths, said: “We know that life is stressful at times, and work can play a part that, so we feel strongly that it’s our role as a responsible employer to support our staff as best we possibly can.”