DHU Health Care are pleased to announce the appointment of Sonia Gale, as the Health, Wellbeing and Diversity Coordinator.
As part of DHU Health Care’s commitment to the wellbeing of their employees, the health care provider has brought in Sonia Gale to create a more inclusive, healthier and positive culture amongst the workforce.
Sonia Gale has been with DHU for six years, she has a wealth of knowledge and experience working in large companies and most recently has been based within their Leicester division. Currently, she is forming a strategy and action plan and will be travelling across the sites in due course to meet and spend time with employees, listening to their views and working with colleagues to ensure they feel included in our day-to-day activities.
Speaking about the new role, Sonia said: “As with many businesses, employees can work across multiple locations and often feel as though they are not part of the wider company. To create a positive culture, we need to allow employees to have the shared sense of purpose. Colleagues should feel valued, we should allow them to see that the role they do contributes to the larger goals of the company and that they feel included in day-to-day activities that affect the environment they work within.
“As part of my Health, Wellbeing and Diversity role, I will be encouraging colleagues to get in touch, share experiences of local health and wellbeing services across the East Midlands, to ensure that all employees have access to services and benefits in the areas where they are based whilst encouraging employees to own their health and wellbeing and support others.”
It is estimated, in the course of a year, 1 in 4 people in the UK will have a mental health problem and in the workplace this can rise to as high as 1 in 6 people. Although some progress has been made in addressing the issue of mental health nationally 70 million work days are still lost each year due to mental health problems in the UK, costing employers approximately £2.4 billion per year.
Lisa Wallis, Managing Director of HR & OD said: “Health and wellbeing is exceptionally important within the modern business environment and the introduction of a new Health, Wellbeing and Diversity Coordinator at DHU Health Care will contribute towards a thriving and supportive environment for both patients and colleagues.
The health care setting can at times be challenging and stressful for both patients and colleagues. With the introduction of this role we aim to actively tackle some of these challenges by providing a stable and positive working environment in line with our company ‘CARE’ values.”