Cadbury Trebor Bassett has made staff wellbeing part of its ethos

Employee wellbeing has been a part of Cadbury Trebor Bassett’s culture since it was founded back in 1879.

In the last year-and-a half, however, it has taken a fresh approach, culminating in its wellbeing programme, Fit for Life. Kate van der Plank, Fit for Life programme manager, says: “(Employee wellbeing has) been a key part of the Cadbury ethos since the very beginning.”

The scheme, which is offered free of charge to all employees during working hours, focuses on four key areas: activity, nutrition, personal wellbeing, and balance and relaxation. Staff can choose from classes such as pilates and yoga, indulge in Indian head massages, and receive information about topics such as healthy eating. All employees are also entitled to a free health check. The company employs a team of nurses in-house to carry out may of the initiatives, and also works with provider Nuffield Proactive Health.

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Van der Plank explains that the company expects to see a return on its investment through reduced sickness absence levels. “It’s too early yet to see a concrete reduction in sickness absence. (We’ve had) 112 GP referrals from the health checks. From that point of view, catching (problems) early (will lead to) shorter absence and has a (positive impact on the) bottom line.”

She adds this can also help with recruitment and retention.Taking just a few simple steps to look after our bodies can result in increased energy levels, fewer mood swings and a better overall sense of personal health and wellbeing