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Admiral Group; Winner of the Wellbeing at Work Award, sponsored by Healthy Working Wales.

Key to the success of Admiral's business is the health, wellbeing and happiness of its employees. With that core business driver firmly in mind, Admiral created the Ministry of Health.

Ministry of Health (MOH) supports the health and wellbeing of Admiral staff by ensuring the firm has appropriate benefits in place, offering support, clear signposts, and raising awareness of various health issues; all of which is underpinned by clear targets from the HR and development teams.

Admiral's diverse workforce is ever-evolving and not everyone at work is facing the same challenges. The firm therefore aims to address a variety of topics; supporting a range of employee needs.

Admiral firmly believes that people who like what they do, do it better. The company strives to create a supportive, rewarding and enjoyable working experience and abides by the adage: happy staff, happy customers, happy shareholders; an important aspect of the programme which particularly impressed the judges.

In its early days, Admiral could manage well-being and engagement locally but as the firm has grown it has created extra support mechanisms for managers and staff so the same opportunities are available to all. The firm decided to formalise this part of its culture. It began by using the Corporate Health Standard as a basis for this, and created MOH.

Good for society There has been a reduction of mental health stigma thanks to Admiral's internal benefits like its Confidential Support Officer and collaborations with mental health charities.

Admiral provides in-house support for staff with a financial advisor visiting all sites; and Ministry of Money providing financial advice for staff.

Good for business It is important to keep a healthy and happy workforce.

Admiral set a target group attrition rate in 2015 of 15% - this was achieved for nine consecutive months since April last year.

The programme is helping Admiral minimise absence among staff.

The firm encourages early intervention and the proactive, but sensitive, management of absence within the business.

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Publication:Western Mail (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Jul 1, 2016
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