Industry views | 28 June 2016
Wincanton is delighted to be nominated for a hat-trick of awards ahead of this week’s prestigious HR Excellence Awards. We are waiting with baited breath to see whether the judging panel of CEOs and HR directors from a number of prominent UK businesses crown Wincanton winners in the ‘Health and Wellbeing,’ ‘Best Talent Management Strategy’ and ‘HR Director of the Year’ categories.
We’ve been shortlisted for the ‘Health and Wellbeing’ award in recognition of the success of our inaugural wellness campaign. Since its conception two years ago, time off sick has fallen dramatically, with time lost at one of our sites falling from 261 days in December 2014 to just nine in December 2015.
As part of the campaign, we worked on improving knowledge and understanding around health and wellbeing and on cardiovascular disease, which is of particular concern in the logistics industry as truck drivers spend a large part of their days sitting down and may not be as active as is recommended by health experts.
We saw that healthy eating, for example, could be a real challenge for our drivers so we installed salad bars at a number of our sites and made healthy lunchboxes for our drivers to take out on the road with them.
Other initiatives included Wellness Kiosks and health assessments to help staff understand their own unique health conditions, after-work yoga classes to help relieve stress and enlisting the help of health and wellbeing academic Dr John Briffa to inspire positive life changes.
We’ve also been nominated for the ‘Best Talent Management Strategy’ category as a result of the way we approached the challenge of attracting, nurturing, rewarding and ultimately managing talent over the last couple of years as we restructured. Our Aspiring General Manager talent programme and Wincanton Academy is evidence of our commitment to taking action to retain key people in a competitive industry.
We’re particularly proud that our talent programme has seen a marked increase in gender diversity, with the number of women taking part rising from 11 per cent in the first year, 2013, to a phenomenal 44 per cent this year. Women play a significant role across the logistics industry and we want to attract more of them into senior roles at Wincanton.
Finally, Julie Welch, the HR director at Wincanton, has been shortlisted in the ‘HR Director of the Year’ category alongside HR directors from organisations such as TrustFord, Pizza Hut, Capital One and Remploy. Julie has led our expert HR team and been instrumental in attracting new colleagues to meet our growth demands, strengthening our training and development programmes, championing apprenticeships and graduate opportunities, campaigning to highlight the shortage of drivers in the industry as a whole and driving forward our health and wellness and fundraising initiatives.
A very proud Julie has commented:
“It’s fantastic to be nominated in three award categories by such an esteemed panel of judges. At Wincanton our people are our greatest asset and we want them to be as healthy, happy and fulfilled in their work as they can be. Being shortlisted for these three awards, in the face of huge competition, is a sign of Wincanton’s commitment to all its employees.”
We will find out if we have won these prestigious awards this evening at the glittering ceremony at the London Hilton on Park Lane, renowned as one of the biggest events in the HR calendar.