Laing O'Rourke achieves Silver at workplace wellbeing awards

Laing O’Rourke has won a Silver Award in Mind’s second annual Workplace Wellbeing Index for its ongoing commitment to creating a positive culture around mental health and supporting employee wellbeing.

The awards ceremony took place last night at BMA House, the headquarters of the British Medical Association, in Central London.
The company is one of 74 organisations to take part in this year’s index, which provides a benchmark of best policy and practice and celebrates the commitment of employers to promote and support positive mental health. The index rewards best practice and provides businesses with key recommendations on the specific areas where there is room to improve.
Results are calculated by an employee survey and an employer assessment; Laing O’Rourke’s score improved by 20 per cent on last year and the company now has 60 mental health champions across the business. Overall, Mind surveyed nearly 45,000 employees across all organisations and found that roughly three in five said their mental health was good or very good (58 per cent), while 13 per cent of respondents said that their mental health was currently poor or very poor.
Silvana Martin, Health and Wellbeing Leader at Laing O’Rourke said: “We are thrilled to have been awarded Silver in the second Mind Workplace Wellbeing Index. It is a great platform on which to continue our work knowing we are heading in the right direction. Laing O’Rourke is committed to ensuring its workplaces provide an environment where every level and member of staff feels comfortable to both address and talk about wellbeing.”
Emma Mamo, Head of Workplace Wellbeing at Mind, said: “Employers are increasingly acknowledging the importance of tackling stress and supporting the mental wellbeing of the entire workforce, including employees that might be struggling with their mental health. We’re delighted to recognise and celebrate employers making mental health a priority for their organisation through our Workplace Wellbeing Index. 
Laing O’Rourke is partnering with Mind and British Heart Foundation during Mental Health Awareness Week (14th-18th May 2018). Projects, office teams, and members of the supply chain will be taking part in a cycle challenge, by collectively riding the distance from Laing O’Rourke’s Dartford office, to its Sydney office, a total of 21,000 miles. This partnership recognises the positive impact physical health has on mental wellbeing and is an opportunity to raise money for two great causes. 
As part of the challenge, employees will be taking part either on static bikes at Laing O’Rourke’s offices, such as at Tideway London, Manchester and Dartford, or putting together a road team with HS2 Enabling Works, Jaguar Land Rover, and 3Ts in Brighton among those projects who have committed to longer distances.