Radioactive Waste Management has been recognised as one the UK’s best organisations for supporting staff mental health after collecting a Workplace Wellbeing silver award from the charity Mind.
"It’s a privilege to be shortlisted and win an award for doing something that you’re passionate about, and fully supported by the organisation to do," said RWM Research Manager Liam Payne, who established and leads the Mental Health and Wellbeing Team. "I’ve not done this alone and the Mental Health and Wellbeing Team at RWM want to ensure that all colleagues have someone they feel comfortable they can talk to; someone who they believe will listen to them; and someone who they feel can help them when required. Gaining a silver award and individual award is great, but we’re not stopping here and continue to make changes so that RWM is a great place to work."
RWM has made a commitment to support the mental health of staff through participation in the charity Mind's Workplace Wellbeing Index 2020/2021, implementing an action plan to embed positive mental health and wellbeing in their ways of working. This has included training for line managers, recruiting staff as mental health champions and allocating monthly ‘Wellbeing Days’ that focus on people rather than work.
TheWorkplace Wellbeing Indexis a benchmark of best policy and practice, celebrating the good work employers are doing to promote and support positive mental health, and providing key recommendations on the specific areas where there is room to improve.
James is the Editor of GovX Digital, and has been covering digital government and public sector reform for 20 years. He also oversees the development of the agenda for the UK's biggest public sector transformation conference.