22nd July, 2021
The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic is having an impact on everyone’s lives and the last year has challenged our health and wellbeing more than any other in living memory. Across the globe, keeping each other safe and the knock-on effects of the pandemic and lockdown have been at the forefront of our minds.
Established in 2019, the Quod’s dedicated Health and Wellbeing Team was already hard at work exploring ways to improve the wellbeing of our employees before the events of the last year began to unfold, recognising that wellbeing means different things to different people.
But the pandemic brought a renewed sense of focus to the Team. We have supported Quod colleagues to navigate lockdown and, alongside our Mental Health First Aiders, provide a point of contact and reassurance for those who may be experiencing mental health issues or emotional distress.
To demonstrate Quod’s ongoing commitment to making health and wellbeing a priority, we have decided to introduce a new core value to Quod’s existing five core values – ‘Wellbeing’:
We support and promote the WELLBEING of everyone we work with: Quod is an inclusive and engaged community, where everyone has a clear sense of purpose and is encouraged to thrive in a way that makes them successful, resilient, healthy and happy.
This is the first new value to be launched since the inception of our core values in 2014. The Quod values represent what we are and how we go about our business. Introducing the Wellbeing Value demonstrates our recognition of the challenging environment we find ourselves working in as we all adapt to new ways of working and the unique challenges that the pandemic has created.
The Wellbeing Value recognises that health and wellbeing is multi-dimensional; it goes beyond physical and mental health and a range of wider determinants underpin this value ranging from social, environmental, emotional and financial.
Beyond supporting colleagues, this Value also looks outwards to those we work with and the places that we influence and shape through our work.