Anje, how do see your role as an ambassador and how do you feel about that?
Having been in the company for almost two and a half years now and knowing the team quite personally, I am very open about the fact that I use OpenUp. Whenever I hear people talk about their struggles – mostly during informal conversations – I try to nudge them toward booking a session and/or reaching out for support. Being truly connected with your team sometimes also requires you to refer them to the appropriate external resources we now offer. I believe my role is to create this awareness by sharing my personal experience and the benefits I derive.
How does your company work towards ensuring the mental well-being of your employees?
We have a home office and a remote-work policy, which are part of our well-being package. We saw that the element of flexibility was quite important for our employees, especially after the pandemic. Our goal is to foster our culture and keep our tribe feel in place, without forcing people to come to the office five days a week. Similarly, with the remote policy, we allow people to work remotely for one week every month from their place of choice – they could link that to holidays, for example. In addition to the OpenUp service, we also offer a Headspace subscription and we have a monthly workout that we do all together for physical well-being.
Although we are quite confident of the culture we have created, and the resources that we offer, we can never claim to have the perfect solution for mental wellbeing at work. We understand that there is a boundary between what we can offer, what OpenUp can offer and when there is a need for additional support from medical professionals.