World Mental Health Day

Each member of our team is an important cog in what makes us SD. Our aim is to provide the team with an enjoyable place to work, a place where we can all feel valued, respected, and in control. Life can be complicated and so we want to reduce and help manage any work-related stress and provide support so that our team can look after themselves and their mental health.

It’s important for us to create a safe space for everyone to speak their mind so we can improve our working environment and provide the right support. Earlier this year the team completed an anonymous HSE survey which we used to identify work-related stress. We are delighted to say that our team is generally very happy here at SD but, as with everything, there’s always room for improvement.

We openly discussed the results as a team and have since implemented a number of new processes that were suggested in our brainstorming session. The feedback we’ve received so far has been really positive, and we’ll be undertaking the HSE survey on an annual basis to continually monitor and improve. 

Our Flexible Working Policy really does offer flexible working. Both Directors fully appreciate the importance of a good work-life balance. They both have young families and must juggle parenting and workplace responsibilities daily. For others amongst the team it’s about carving out time for sport, or socialising, or further learning. Whatever the reason, our policy allows the team to have autonomy over their working day to ensure it’s possible to achieve a healthy mindset. 

Should any member of our team need to seek support externally for mental, physical, social or financial wellbeing, they have 24 hour access to qualified emotional and practical support through our Employee Welfare Programme. All of our team are auto-enrolled onto this membership upon joining. 

Finally, a reminder on this World Mental Health Day to always look after yourselves. We’re a bunch of kind and friendly people here at SD, our phones and inboxes are always open should you need someone to speak to.