Reaching out and communicating to staff has seen the business win Britain’s Healthiest Company

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Part of the Johnson & Johnson family of companies, Janssen is a research-based pharmaceutical company employing around 600 people in the UK and Ireland. Since 2012 it has appeared in the top 20 of the Sunday Times 100 Best Companies.

But, when it ran the 2012 survey among its employees, the results were something of a shock. Charlie Hamlin, organisation effectiveness manager at Janssen, explains: “We did really well across the board apart from wellbeing – particularly issues around workload and work-life balance,” she says. “We’re a healthcare company. We needed to do something.”

The company already provided a range of health and wellbeing benefits, including occupational health and an on-site gym, but Hamlin knew she needed to reach out to everyone.

So she introduced Energy for Performance in Life (E4PIL), a two-day programme available to all staff members covering physical, mental, emotional and spiritual health.

“The programme asks whether they’d like 20% more energy and, to help achieve this, provides practical techniques such as strategic snacking, strategic movements and what to do if their workload gets too much,” adds Hamlin. “We also made it relevant to each individual so they’re more empowered to make changes.

“It’s now become part of a holistic strategy that includes organisation-level changes such as process improvements to help workloads.”

The E4PIL messages and health and wellbeing campaign were reinforced by a life choices book, The Little Book of Life, which Hamlin worked on with creative communications agency Like Minds, and a series of half-hour workshops at the annual company conference in March.

Britain’s Healthiest Company and Healthiest Workplace awards are a joint initiative between VitalityHealth, Mercer and the Sunday Telegraph, and the fact that the company won the top accolade in the autumn certainly suggests things have improved.