Physical, mental, emotional and purposeful wellbeing for our people
Wellbeing and purpose are integral to everything we do at Unilever
We encourage each other to bring our whole selves to work each day and we have a number of programs in place to help our people thrive. This is because purpose driven people who prioritise wellbeing are better able to cope with today’s pressures, embrace challenging opportunities, grow from them and fulfil their true potential.
Shruti Ganeriwala, HR Business Partner and Australia & New Zealand Culture Lead explains why purpose and wellbeing is so important:
“People who have a clear purpose are fulfilled by their work and often find themselves more resilient to times of change and stress. As they’re more engaged, we’re more likely to be able to attract and retain great talent who will add energy to the business and help us to make transformational change.”
Purposeful wellbeing helps us to identify what really matters to us and connect to that as much as possible in all we do. We want everyone at Unilever to identify with a personal purpose which helps them feel engaged, inspired and energised. We also want everyone to understand the important role they play every day in tackling some of our world’s biggest challenges through our Sustainable Living Plan, which runs through every part of our business.
Today, traditional drivers such as profit and promotion are important but not always enough to help an organisation win and retain top talent. Instead, our people place a high importance on business ethics, sustainability and equality.
Each year we facilitate “Discover Your Purpose” and “Thrive” workshops for our employees which are designed around our four-part wellbeing framework - purposeful, physical, mental and emotional. They provide practical tips on boosting each of these areas and help our people clarify individual purpose, build greater resilience and foster wellbeing.
The mental and emotional health of our employees is of utmost importance. At Unilever, we regularly encourage our people to reflect on how they’re feeling and offer support through our Employee Assistance Program to provide short term counselling for employees and members of their immediate families who may be facing problems of a personal, family or employment nature.
In 2017 and 2018 we partnered with Headspace, a guided meditation app used by millions in over 190 countries, so that our employees can take meditation with them wherever they go. Meditation has been shown to help people stress less, focus more and even sleep better. With the mission of "improving the health and happiness of the world", Headspace is a perfect partner to help us make sure our people are always feeling their best.
Aliza Choudhury, HR UFLP, helped to roll out Headspace app at Unilever Australia and explains, "Headspace is a great way to prioritise some mindfulness as we go about our day and ensure that our people have access to a tool which can assist them in looking after their mental and emotional wellbeing."
Each year in Australia on R U OK Day, Unilever also encourages everyone to start a simple conversation which could help a colleague, family member or friend open up about something they're going through. We can all make a difference by having regular, meaningful conversations about life's ups and downs.
Find out about how we’re championing gender equality and wellbeing through flexible working policies