119 Organisations Participated In The Workplace Wellbeing Index With Just 19 Achieving The Top Gold Award
CAMBRIDGE, UK – (18th July 2022) – Amgen UK and Ireland has been recognised at the Mind Workplace Wellbeing Awards for its commitment to mental health and workplace wellbeing. The company, with sites in Cambridge, Uxbridge, and Dublin, was one of 119 organisations to participate in the sixth annual Workplace Wellbeing Index. Amgen was recognised with a Gold Award at its first attempt of entering.
The online event, hosted by Mind’s Chief Executive Paul Farmer, saw people from a wide range of organisations come together to celebrate the awards. Achieving a Gold Award means Amgen has successfully embedded mental health into its policies and practices, and demonstrated a long-term, in-depth commitment to staff mental health.
As a benchmark of best policy and practice, Mind’s Workplace Wellbeing Index celebrates the good work employers are doing to promote and support positive mental health, as well as provide recommendations on the specific areas for future improvement. Mind surveyed almost 42,000 employees across the 119 employers participating in the Index, which included a mix of returning organisations eager to assess the impact of their newly implemented wellbeing initiatives as well as first-time organisations starting their journey to improve employee wellbeing.
Amgen has a series of dedicated staff engagement programmes in the UK and Ireland to build a sense of community, connection, and embed good mental health and wellbeing practices. These have been expanded in recent years, reflecting the growing need for Amgen’s community – and society in general – to be more conscious of mental health and wellbeing and to look out for those around you. The feedback gathered from Amgen staff through the Workplace Wellbeing Index revealed that:
97% feel that Amgen runs initiatives to raise awareness of mental health
91% feel that Amgen consults staff on how to promote wellbeing at work
82% feel that Amgen encourages openness and discussion about mental health
Kath Gould, HR Director at Amgen UK and Ireland, said: “Two years ago, we embarked on a journey to better support the mental wellbeing of our staff. This decision was taken in light of the impact of the pandemic and the increasing prevalence of poor mental health within our society. Since creating a new wellbeing framework for our staff in the UK and Ireland, we have invested in building a capability in supporting mental health, through awareness sessions, leader education, access to mental health resources, protected wellbeing time, and creating a network of mental health first aiders, amongst other things.
“We are now delighted to be recognised by Mind, the UK’s leading mental health charity, in the annual Workplace Wellbeing Awards. Achieving a Gold Award at the first attempt of entering is a fantastic achievement and demonstrates Amgen’s commitment to creating a mentally healthy workplace.
“This recognition wouldn’t have been possible without support from our staff. This has not been a leadership initiative – our wellbeing culture has been created by a myriad of contributors, from our mental health first aiders, wellbeing ambassadors, managers, functional leaders, community of connectors, and every single staff member who showed through their actions and role modelling that ‘it’s ok not to be ok’.
“This award marks a special milestone for our UK and Ireland community as we continue to shape a culture in which all our staff can thrive.”
Click here to learn more about the Mind Workplace Wellbeing Index and the Workplace Wellbeing Awards.
NOTES TO EDITORS
Tom Cook, Corporate Affairs Manager, Amgen
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About Amgen in the UK and Ireland:
Amgen is committed to the relentless pursuit of breakthroughs and making a sustainable contribution to healthcare. A biotechnology pioneer since 1980, Amgen serves patients by transforming the promise of science and biotechnology into therapies that have the power to restore health or save lives.
Amgen develops innovative medicines in cancer and long-term conditions by using advanced human genetics to unravel the complexities of disease and understand the fundamentals of human biology. As one of the most forward-thinking and innovative biotech companies, Amgen’s growing portfolio of medicines tackle some of the biggest healthcare burdens facing society today.
The Amgen community in the UK and Ireland is one of Amgen’s largest outside of the company headquarters in California and is a European hub for research and development. More than 500 people at Amgen in the UK and Ireland contribute to the journey that turns molecules into medicines.
For more information, visit www.amgen.co.uk
About Mind and its Workplace Wellbeing Awards:
We’re Mind, the mental health charity. We provide advice and support to empower anyone experiencing a mental health problem. We campaign to improve services, raise awareness, and promote understanding. We won't give up until everyone experiencing a mental health problem gets both support and respect.
Mind has a confidential information and support line, Mind Infoline, available on 0300 123 3393 (lines open 9am-6pm, Monday – Friday).
Mind’s Workplace Wellbeing programme aims to help people understand and start talking about the costs of neglecting mental wellbeing in the workplace.
Mind offers free resources for employers to help improve mental wellbeing and employee engagement: https://www.mind.org.uk/workplace/mental-health-at-work/
Mind’s income has been affected by the outbreak of coronavirus, largely due to the temporary closure of our charity shops across England and Wales, and the cancellation or postponement of major fundraising events. To help us continue our vital work, donate to our emergency appeal: www.mind.org.uk/donate
Mind’s Workplace Wellbeing Awards recognise and celebrate the good work employers are doing to promote staff mental wellbeing. Forward-thinking employers can get involved in next year’s by visiting www.mind.org.uk/index