Bilfinger recognised for Exceptional Wellbeing at Cherries Awards

March 05, 2021

Bilfinger Salamis UK is delighted to have taken home the award for Exceptional Wellbeing in the Workplace at last night's Cherries Awards.

Now in their 13th year, the Cherries Awards recognise excellence in the fields of human resources, training and recruitment. Last year's awards originally launched in January 2020, but were unfortunately put on hold due to coronavirus. The awards were relaunched later in the year, with entries updated to reflect additional wellbeing efforts throughout 2020.

The Exceptional Wellbeing in the Workplace award is presented to an individual or team who have developed, implemented and sustained a wellbeing strategy within their workplace over the last 12 months. The strategy should be supported by Leadership and engage all employees. Nominees should be able to demonstrate a clear and genuine commitment to wellbeing in the workplace, and how this aligns to their core values, company culture or key objectives.

The judges, from CIPD Scotland and The University of Aberdeen, commented: "This organisation presented a clear and genuine commitment to delivering a sustainable organisation-wide wellbeing strategy which came to the fore during Covid but had evidently been supported by leadership before the pandemic.

"Throughout the awards process this team's passion, enthusiasm, and belief in the importance of promoting a positive wellbeing culture shone through. Ensuring this approach was relevant, accessible and acceptable to the whole workforce was key, and where possible the strategy was co-created with employees, and on occasion, external partners to ensure success, recognising that one size did not fit all.

"While their approach to wellbeing was holistic, their particular focus in their entry was on promoting a positive mental health culture across the organisation whilst recognising current times."

HR Director Alison Porter said: "This award is a recognition not just of the work of those involved in our mental health committee, but for all our of employees who have supported each other throughout the last year.

"We partnered with mental health charity Mates in Mind in 2019 because we wanted to raise awareness of mental health and wellbeing issues, with expert support. However, it is our employees who have embraced this strategy and through their support and engagement, whether by attending training courses, setting up wellbeing calls, sharing their stories, checking in on team mates, and even recording a song, have made a real difference.

"Our employees have an enthusiasm and compassion for their colleagues that enables us to drive our wellbeing strategy forward, and it is this commitment and passion that was recognised by the judges."

The award win follows Bilfinger winning the Extraordinary HR Initiative category at the 2019 Cherries Awards, awarded in recognition of the introduction of the Rope Access Academy.