Unilever launches mental wellbeing programme for 62,000 employees

Consumer goods organisation Unilever has launched a 14-day mental wellbeing resilience programme to increase employee engagement and to enhance the wellbeing of its 62,000 global employees.

Led by Jean-Laurent Ingles, executive vice president of Hair Care at Unilever, the programme has been launched to support employees during the Covid-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic.

The programme, created by haircare brand Clear, uses tools designed by the resilience Research Centre (RRC) and topics are led by Dr Michael Ungar, Dr Phillip Jeffries and Silja Litvin.

These topics range from regarding negative thoughts to reinventing routines during lockdown measures, social distancing and how to be mindful.

Jean-Laurent Ingles, executive vice president of Hair Care at Unilever said: “This resilience training programme was first launched by our haircare brand Clear, in response to the coronavirus outbreak. The very early stages of the pandemic were first experienced in Asia, where Clear is a market leader, and the team there quickly recognised the hugely negative impact coronavirus can have on our mental wellbeing.

“In working with the world leading Resilience Research Centre (RRC), the 14 day Resilience Challenge was born. Internally, the HR leadership team immediately recognised the power of the work, and the positive effect it could have on the workforce, working with the necessary internal stakeholders to get the programme rolled out across the business to Unilever employees across the globe.”