Work-life balance at Spirit

Written by: Rosie Lobley

This week, Monday 11 to Friday 15 October, is National Work Life Week, an annual event led by the charity Working Families, aimed at promoting work-life balance and wellbeing in the workplace. Finding a healthy balance between work, leisure and home responsibilities can be difficult, especially for parents and carers, but it’s a key component of maintaining our mental health.

Since Spirit first launched in 2009 we have been big believers in flexible working every week of the year, whether that means logging on a bit later after the school run, finishing early for an appointment, working remotely or coming into the office a few days a week. What’s important to us is that our people can make the changes that enable them to work around family commitments, avoid time-consuming commutes, get out of the house or take some well-deserved downtime – whatever they need. This flexibility allows us to have a more agile workplace culture, which in turn benefits both our team members and our clients.

Spirit team members are able to access extra support online or in person through our Employee Assistance Programmes; while our employee health coverage offers 24/7 access to GP appointments for physical and mental health concerns. We have recently expanded our team of Mental Health First Aiders, who are fully trained and equipped to offer help and support to anyone who needs it – whether that’s a quick chat over a cuppa or a longer meeting to discuss their troubles in depth.

To promote a healthy work-life balance within the Spirit family, our ‘Take Your Time’ scheme offers each of our team members two hours out of work and an extra budget to treat themselves to some me-time. That could mean treating ourselves to a nice meal, getting our nails done, going to see the new James Bond film or donating the time to help out someone else – we’re looking forward to seeing what people do with their time out!

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