British retail and commercial banking group Secure Trust Bank (STB) has announced the launch of a monthly wellbeing hour for its employees.
The banks’ 1,000+ workforce will be given one paid hour off a month to focus on wellbeing.
The scheme will be an addition to STB’s existing efforts to prioritise employee wellbeing and mental health support, including its workplace Mental Health First Aiders, weekly Wellbeing Cafes, free employee assistance telephone lines, and regular support of national wellbeing campaigns.
Anne McKenning, HR director at Secure Trust Bank Group, comments: “Colleague wellbeing is a key priority for us, and we have a wellbeing strategy in place to make sure we’re supporting employees in all aspects of their wellbeing.
“The group’s wellbeing hour really demonstrates that we are taking positive action in this important area. It was launched in response to employee feedback which told us that some colleagues struggle to find the time to access the many wellbeing resources we have made available to support colleagues.”
SBT joins an increasing number of financial institutions that are ramping up efforts in employee wellbeing to address occurrences like burnout from the pandemic.