Our people have different experiences, backgrounds, habits, and circumstances. And each set-up an individual needs to do their best work differs for everyone. That’s why we’ve designed wellbeing and flexible working philosophies that everyone at Diageo can benefit from.
Wellbeing at Diageo
Ivan Menezes, CEO, Diageo said:
“Our 28,000 people across the world are what makes Diageo unique and we are committed to supporting their mental health and wellbeing, whether that be mental, financial, social or physical. We want our people to thrive and be able to be their best at both work and home. We play an active role in nurturing an open and inclusive culture, enabled by our leaders, by providing progressive policies and supporting tools.
We’re passionate about our people’s wellbeing and believe we’re at our best when we’re physically and mentally thriving, emotionally balanced, financially secure, and socially connected.
It’s our foundation and it’s why we design our workplaces, rewards, and benefits with wellbeing in mind. And it’s why our philosophy helps us to create an environment in which our people can have fulfilling career experiences, with access to a wealth of resources and tools to help each individual take control of their own wellbeing, because we know no one size fits all.”
“80% of employees feel that Diageo is sufficiently supporting their health and wellbeing”
(ref: employee survey 2022)
One’s sense of wellbeing is as distinct as they are, but we believe that there are four common factors that affect us all:
To thrive physically requires understanding and managing of health.
It includes lifestyle behaviour choices to promote good health, avoid preventable illness and conditions, and to live in a balanced state of body, mind and spirit.
Financial wellbeing is about a sense of security.
Being in control of your day-to-day finances—having the ability to manage commitments, meet financial goals, protect against risks, save for contingencies or future needs and cope with financial shocks.
Mental wellbeing is influenced by a variety of factors.
For example being self-aware, being resilient by managing stress, coping with positive and negative emotional and mental triggers, dealing with life crises and maintaining stability through illness or injury.
The World Health Organisation reports a 25% increase in common mental health conditions since the pandemic and one in six employees are expected to experience mental ill-health each year. Within Diageo, we want to break the stigma surrounding mental health. We offer a range of support including an Employee Assistance Programme, a service available to all employees worldwide, providing free, confidential counselling and advice 24/7, together with learning modules designed to help improve employees’ understanding of mental health related topics.
Coinciding with World Mental Health Day 2022, Diageo launched access to the digital mental health app, Unmind. The app gives unparalleled access to a range of tools to support mental health and wellbeing, including interactive courses, in-the-moment exercises, and science-backed assessments to help with areas including sleep, nutrition and coping with life stressors. You can hear more in the following video.
Social wellbeing is a sense of belonging to a community and making contributions to society.
Being connected, interacting with others, successfully resolving conflicts and adapting to change. Being connected with family and friends, workplace and the larger community can contribute to improving your social wellbeing.
Flexible working at Diageo
We’ve always had a progressive approach to flexible working, and it’s part of our people’s wellbeing. We understand that our people thrive when they feel empowered to own how, when and where they create their best work. After all, flexibility gives us the space we need to let creativity in, and it’s key to our success.
Flexibility means something different to different people depending on one’s circumstances, so whether it’s about hours, or a blend of home and office life, we know it’s a two way street, and we’re proud that it’s always build on trust.
Our people come together to arrange working patterns that suit both their individual and team’s needs, ensuring that where and when work takes place, is always considered. So whether this involves working from a different location such as home, another office, or whether one starts or finishes work earlier or later than normal office hours, flexible working may be a one-off, short term, regular or intermittent arrangement that is right for you, your team and Diageo.
“Being responsible for my own wellbeing means that it begins with me. Diageo, however, gives me and my team the right tools and resources to allow my wellbeing to thrive.”Christina ChoiDiageo North America
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