Employee wellness in the food and drink production industry can be linked to productivity, absenteeism, and quality control. Happier employees are less likely to take time off, focus on their roles and continue to ensure quality is high.
Food Production Wellbeing Case Study: Jacob Douwe Egberts
“The Health & Wellbeing of our associates at Jacobs Douwe Egberts has always been a focus for us but in the last 12 months, it has become a fundamental part of our business priorities. As part of a survey carried out recently, our associates told us they wanted support and guidance on how to work in healthier ways. In response to this, a cross-functional team worked on several initiatives and deliverables, the implementation of Wellspace was one of these.” Jacobs Douwe Egberts
Jacobs Douwe Egberts (JDE) is a brand renowned around the world for coffee products, owning brands such as Kenco, Tassimo, and L’OR – some of the most loved names in the UK. They asked us to roll out our wellbeing solution during the first Coronavirus lockdown and haven’t looked back since.
The Wellspace Solution: Corporate Wellbeing In Food Production
Wellspace is the leading provider of workplace wellbeing apps and training, enabling employees to easily take care of their own wellness, access training and support, and provide leaders with important performance data.
Our revolutionary employee wellbeing app enables workers to record every aspect of their health – including sleep quality, and access informative resources and support.
Managers can easily measure key indicators of workforce wellness, such as sleep quality and mood, using our portal. Anonymously gathered data can be collected in reports and compared against key performance indicators such as productivity and safety.
Quality And Wellbeing Go Hand In Hand
The food and drink production industry has faced many challenges over the last couple of years yet is an industry that has to continually keep going to provide hospitality venues and our supermarkets with high-quality products.
From supply issues, problems with logistics, and recently, unpredictable surges in demand, it’s fair to say that working in the food and drink industry can be stressful.
Many in the food industry also work shifts, sometimes long hours and in recent times, people have become more aware that these types of workers can be more prone to health and wellbeing issues. That’s why many large food producers now run wellbeing initiatives to help employees look after their wellness.
Food quality standards are high and food manufacturers know the consequences of lapses and mistakes. Mistakes in quality control not only cost manufacturers thousands of pounds, but serious mistakes can also risk public health.
Therefore, highly trained and aware staff are vital to maintaining high production standards – it goes without saying then, that we should not neglect the wellbeing of employees in this sector. Poor wellbeing can be directly linked to mistakes at work and people not being able to ‘keep their head in the game’.
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) states that mental health issues account for around 30% of cases of occupational ill-health in food and drink manufacturers.