Putting our people first
Like all other companies, the coronavirus pandemic has challenged us to reflect on how we engage with our team members, in particular about well-being and working patterns. A 2020 Health and well-being at work report has found that some of the main risks to people’s health at work are psychological, with mental ill health and work-related stress featuring prominently in the main causes of both long- and short-term sickness absence. This is why we introduced a new mental and physical well-being program in partnership with nilo.health, an organisation that supports our team members to be happier and more fulfilled at home and at work. It offers each team member in our headquarters free access to a professional psychologist along with a range of other services such as meditation, specialist training, sleep assistance and stress management. This or similar programs are available to employees in most of our local offices. To further ensure our people’s well-being and to improve work-life balance, we have also launched the WestwingFlex policy. This sets out a new, tailored hybrid working model which combines in-office work with work-from-home and remote work and has proven popular and productive among our office teams.
“It is important for us to always look into innovative approaches that align with our strategy. A future relevant and structured guideline for an adapted post pandemic working world is therefore essential for us. We do not believe in general guidelines but in the individual management and the needs of every team. Today we externalize our new policy WestwingFlex to welcome the future of work.”
Miriam Rabung, VP People & Culture, Westwing