GibSams welcomes the fact that many companies in Gibraltar have continued to embrace the need to develop and implement effective Health and Wellbeing policies for their employees. We believe that there is a greater need now more than ever to have policies that sufficiently address both the mental and physical health of employees in light of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
GibSams launched its annual ‘Corporate Wellbeing Recognition Scheme’ in September 2019 as part of its ‘Suicide Prevention Awareness Month Worldwide’ programme. The scheme’s purpose is to publicly recognise and reward companies, regardless of the size of their businesses, that have successfully implemented positive changes for the benefit of their employees.
GibSams has received positive feedback from each of the recipients in respect of their involvement in the scheme. Commissioner Richard Ullger of the Royal Gibraltar Police says that participating in the scheme has changed the culture of the organisation, with mental health issues being discussed more openly. Absenteeism is also said to be on the decline as absent rates have gone from 9-11% down to 1-3%, since taking part in the scheme.
GibSams continues to offer support and work with each of the worthy recipients that have successfully implemented positive changes for the benefit of their employees.