Expanding on their success in 2018, and in worthy recognition of their ongoing investment into employee wellbeing this year, on 2nd October Distinction Doors’ Health and Wellbeing team attended the Barnsley Council Be Well@Work Awards ceremony. Known internally as ‘Health and Wellbeing Champions’, the team comprises of Paul Hewkin, Gillian Sauermann, Mark Taylor, Earl McPherson, Krystel Wroe and Milan Tomic; each and every one of them committed to improving the lives of their colleagues.

The event, held for 200 guests at The Civic Barnsley and hosted by the Mayor of Barnsley, celebrated Distinction as double finalists in the category for Best Workplace Health Initiative, showcasing both ‘Diet with Distinction’ and ‘Mental Health in the Workplace’ as leading examples of good practice, while ‘Health in the Workplace’ took them home a runner-up award in the Medium Business category.

HR director Helen Lovack was thrilled that her colleagues’ efforts were recognised once again, following receipt of the Silver Be Well@Work in the spring:

“Positive workplace health is such an important aspect of employment in any organisation, and we are incredibly fortunate to have the backing from Senior Managers within Distinction. As a group, we are empowered to represent the wants and needs of all staff, and do so by maintaining a dynamic approach to introducing new ideas.

“Experiences of mental health have touched the lives of many of our staff, and we are proud to be seen as an employer who is proactive in ensuring that people have a supportive outlet at work, should they need one.”

Coupled for the first time with the Best Bar None Awards, Be Well@Work nominees spanned numerous services including schools, homecare providers and logistics companies. Helen finished:

“Distinction always make a conscious effort to engage with all staff in the way that we do and it is important for us to continually maintain this level of consideration for their wellbeing. Poor mental and physical health can easily go unnoticed and it’s our job to stop this happening.”