Wednesday morning (22nd January) saw local business partners converge at DHU for a HR Forum organised by the East Midlands Chamber of Commerce.
Top of the agenda at the business breakfast was employee health and wellbeing, with experts from across the field coming together to discuss staff retention and improving workplace culture.
The event began with DHU Health Care’s Stephen Bateman (CEO) and Lisa Wallis (Executive Director of HR & OD) talking about the companies work with the NHS, the development of preventative workforce measures for their workforce and how these are practically applied across the business.
DHU Health Care’s aim in the future is to work in partnership with commercial organisations to expand their health and wellbeing agenda and throughout the presentation they highlighted how many of the initiatives, some of which are low cost, small changes, can make a big difference to the workforce.
Lucy Robinson (EMC) chaired a Q/A panel of experts including Richard Holmes (Westfield Health), Lisa Wallis (DHU Health Care), Dr Alan R Williams (University of Derby) and Jameel Mann (Knights PLC) who took questions from the attendees. The lively discussion tackled prominent HR matters such as presenteeism, job satisfaction, smart working and self-care.
Speaking around leadership and the stigmas associated with mental health, Stephen Bateman CEO , who had recently attended our Mental Health First Aid Training course, said: “I went on the MHFA course and it was an eyeopener for me.
“I thought I coped well with stress, but being in a room of people from all levels of the organisation and opening up to them was a milestone moment to me – having a real conversation, talking through real experiences about their lives, both inside and out of work. We are encouraging everyone at DHU to go on that course and take the message, that conversation, outside of work to their friends and family.”
The morning was concluded with an update on employment law from Jameel Mann, Partner at Knights PLC, who focused on health and wellbeing with some current case studies of good and bad practice.
The next EMC HR Forum is on the 5 December and will focus on employee engagement, retention and performance.