Travel Counsellors has launched a series of mental health-focused initiatives to support its franchisees and staff.
The homeworking giant’s Wellbeing Week is running ahead of World Mental Health Day on Saturday (10 October) with each day dedicated to a different issue.
Subjects range from “mood-boosting” exercise activities and nutrition tips, to the power of keeping a positive mindset, focusing on financial wellness and a spotlight on peer-to-peer support.
Guest speakers include Travel Counsellor business owners and colleagues sharing their personal journeys and insights on how they take care of their own wellbeing.
To house its support tools, Travel Counsellors has built a new digital TC Wellbeing Hub.
To show its commitment to the subject, Travel Counsellors has signed up to the Mental Health at Work Commitment, joining forces with other UK businesses to improve mental health care standards.
The business already employees a personal counsellor for staff and franchisees and has also partnered with Able Futures which, on behalf of the Department for Work and Pensions, gives employers advice and support on how to improve mental wellbeing in the workplace.
Through the scheme everyone at Travel Counsellors now has access to a qualified and experienced health care professional, who will help to build a nine-month support plan for individuals, and be available to talk over the phone, through email or virtual meetings.
Travel Counsellors chief executive Steve Byrne said: “Supporting trusted travel professionals to work remotely has meant that we’ve had a huge focus on boosting the motivation and mindset of people who work independently, and keeping a community feeling connected to each other has always been at the heart of this approach.
“The impact of the pandemic on the travel industry has been profound, and whilst we work together to come through this time, we are also increasingly mindful that these challenges have an ongoing effect on people.
“It’s reflective of our company culture and our duty of care to ensure that we are doing everything we can to support, guide and signpost people to all help available – whether that’s the TC welfare fund which has supported both business owners and colleagues through financial hardship over the last few months, to simply showing kindness, and knowing that someone will always be at the end of the phone when you need them.
“We remain focussed on continuing to build a company community where open, honest conversations are encouraged in an inclusive environment, breaking down any barriers that people may have about mental health, and ultimately being there for people when they need us the most.
“Over the last few months, it’s been inspiring to see how our business owners have come together to support each other, and we really see it as our responsibility as a company to use the technology and community platform we have to ensure that people can take advantage of a safe space to talk openly about how they’re feeling, and keep connected to each other, as we work through this time together.”