Let's look after ourselves

Written by: Jo Gallacher | Published:
RWW editor Jo Gallacher

Wellness is a buzzword which often gets thrown about. From corporate tweets trying to develop a friendly face to teabags and massages, the phrase has now incorporated a new phase of ‘selfcare’ both in and out of the workplace.

Despite temptation to scoff at the trend, which has so far received 26 million hashtags on Instagram, companies would do well to take note of the real benefits that a focus on employee wellness could bring to their workforce.

In April's issue, we hear from Clarity Environmental on the new measures the company has introduced to improve its employees’ physical, emotional and metal wellbeing. From yoga classes to mental health mentors, Clarity's diverse programme has seen an increase in happiness of its employees, improvements in recruitment and overall business growth.

Given that the waste industry has one of the highest rates of injury and work-related illness of any industry in the UK, small changes to how a company operates could mean the difference between getting a new client on board or developing the next best thing for resource recovery.

The past 18 months has been some of the most intense in the industry’s history, with a new Strategy, launch of ongoing consultations and lots of media attention. All good things which will hopefully feed into the overall aim of improving the UK’s recycling rates and building more infrastructure.

But as we move onto the next stage of our environmental education, why not add wellness as a pillar to create a more circular economy which takes care of not just our planet but ourselves as well. After the past two years of political fallouts, the least we deserve is a bit of rest and recovery.

Jo Gallacher is editor of Recycling & Waste World.

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