Silver award for Lendlease as building firm raises the bar on workplace wellbeing in construction

Building firm Lendlease has been awarded for its commitment to promoting mental health and workplace wellbeing in construction.

The property and infrastructure group has received a silver award in Mind’s inaugural workplace wellbeing index.

The accolade from the mental health charity recognises the construction firm’s demonstrable achievements in promoting staff mental health, taking action across a number of key areas and demonstrating progress and impact over time.

To promote mental health awareness in construction, Lendlease has trained more than 500 mental health first aiders, introduced wellbeing days for staff, signed the Time for Change pledge and supports Time to Talk Day.

Lendlease was rated 79 per cent in the index - just one point off a gold award - and was the highest scoring construction company, with a significantly higher score than the private sector average of 57 per cent.

Lendlease also received a full 100 per cent in six categories for:
- Building mental health literacy, awareness-raising and anti-stigma activities
- Employee support tools and other means of support
- Job design and recruitment
- Physical workplace environment
- Preventative measures and initiatives
- Lived experience leadership

Managing director of construction in Europe, Neil Martin said: “While the construction sector has in the past been associated with a stereotypical macho reputation, the reality is construction workers face significant pressures at work and are just as susceptible to mental illness as anyone else.

“At Lendlease, we’re undergoing a cultural evolution to improve workplace wellbeing, so it is pleasing to be recognised for the progress we have made.

“What’s even more encouraging is the positive roadmap laid out by Mind to help us make ongoing improvements.”

Emma Mamo, head of workplace wellbeing at Mind, said: “In the last few years, we’ve seen employers make great strides when it comes to tackling stress and supporting the mental wellbeing of their staff, including those with a diagnosed mental health problem.

“We’re delighted to recognise and celebrate employers making mental health a priority for their organisation through our Workplace Wellbeing Index.

"In our first year, we’ve seen good practice right across the board, from each and every one of the thirty pioneering employers to take part.

"The awards event provided an opportunity to recognise those forward-thinking employers who are working hard to promote good mental health and wellbeing among their workforce.”

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