Supporting our people at work
Boots UK has worked hard to create a supportive environment for people returning to work.
Ensuring that managers have access to the information and tools to support their employees is key to Boots approach in the UK. The ‘Healthy Minds’ and ‘Healthy Backs’ intranet sites and the ‘Healthy Minds’ e-learning programme focus on the two main causes of absence, musculoskeletal problems (including back pain) and mental health. Since January 2012, ‘Healthy Minds’ has received more than 7,000 visits, and ‘Healthy Backs’ has received more than 2,500. In addition, the e-learning module had more than 8,000 completions since its launch in 2010 up to the end of 2012.
In addition to this, the Employee Assistance Programme at Boots UK is a free and confidential advice service which is available to all colleagues and their families. The service offers up to six face to face counselling sessions with over 1,500 counsellors around the country for its employees. Boots UK is continually promoting the service to colleagues. During the year, the programme handled over 4,000 cases.
Our associate business in Portugal, Alliance Healthcare Portugal, worked alongside the Portuguese Heart Foundation to provide free cardiovascular screening for its employees in Lisbon and Oporto.
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