Our employee health programme
Lamplighter is our global programme for assessing and improving four modifiable risk factors – physical health, exercise, nutrition and mental resilience.
Lamplighter is at the heart of our approach to employee health. It provides structure and guidance to local teams on how to develop strategic initiatives around physical and mental health. This means each of our country businesses can provide support to our employees in the most locally appropriate way.
Of course, employee well-being does not depend on a single programme. It’s fostered by a wide range of factors in our culture and workplaces. Making our culture a gender-balanced, inclusive environment through measures such as maternity and paternity pay, disability inclusion, agile working and fair working conditions generally are all essential, and our work in these areas is described in Advancing diversity and inclusion and Fairness in the workplace.
Lamplighter is a core part of our Well-being Framework. It includes guidance on managing long-term health conditions, such as diabetes, HIV or musculoskeletal concerns.
Our specific goals for Lamplighter include:
- ensuring that Lamplighter is in place in all countries with 100 or more employees, which we aim to achieve by 2020
- addressing local health risks and establishing local and national health improvement plans with partnerships between occupational health and our human resources and supply chain teams.
Since its launch, we’ve developed and evolved Lamplighter and our overall approach, so that they remain at the forefront of occupational health programmes. Our most recent improvement was to redesign Lamplighter to address the demographic and risk profile of employees.
Independent recognition for Lamplighter
Global Multinational Healthy Workplace Award (global achievement)
People Investor Award, Russia
National Business Group on Health Award, North America
BUPA-Business in the Community Well-being Award – UK & Ireland
Special Corporate Health Award in the category of Healthy Nutrition – Germany
HR Professional and Boussias Communications Workplace Well-being Award – Greece
Best Employer for Healthy Lifestyles – North America
Working Mother Top 100 Employer – North America
Canada’s Top Diversity Employer
Helping our employees thrive
Today’s fast-paced and rapidly changing world is exciting, but can also be stressful. We want our employees to understand their holistic health status. If we can help motivate them to reduce their risks and adopt healthy habits, they’ll have the skills to thrive and work more sustainably.
That’s the thinking behind our Thrive well-being workshops. In tandem with Lamplighter’s health checks and advice, we use them to bring to life the four pillars of our Well-being Framework (physical, emotional, mental and purposeful well-being). During the workshops we explain each of the pillars as a battery of energy that needs to be charged and used safely, as well as replenished and cared for in a sustainable way.
The workshops also engage senior leaders, as they play an important role in demonstrating, supporting and empowering leadership behaviours. This engagement helps us show that the Well-being Framework is not just theoretical, but a vital contribution to our way of operating sustainably. Since 2015, around 50,000 employees have taken part in our Thrive workshops.
The Thrive workshop was a good moment for me to take a look at different areas of my life and see how they all come together. Do they work well together? Are there any patterns that need change? That really added a lot of value.Thrive workshop participant
We've also developed short videos to train people in what we call ‘healthy performance habits’ – ie keeping work and life in balance. These are available on our intranet and cover adaptability, collaboration, demands and pressure, emotional energy, empowerment, energy recovery, experimentation, focus and purpose.
Promoting mental well-being
Estimated cost to the global economy of poor mental health by 20302
There is increasing recognition of the need for mental well-being, and its importance to individuals and to society as a whole. According to the World Health Organization1, depression is expected to be the leading disease burden globally by 2030.
In 2015, mental health and substance abuse was included in the UN’s Sustainable Development Agenda (within Sustainable Development Goal 3 on Health and Well-being).
As a business, we've long been aware of the importance of mental health. Mental health has become one of our top three health issues, and is a central focus of our Lamplighter programme, which recognises that mental health is especially important in times of change or uncertainty. We’ve identified four elements that need to be in place to promote mental health initiatives:
- leadership and management
- communication and culture
- scoping resilience, managing pressure
At the same time, we know we need to keep adapting our approach to embrace the latest techniques, reflect changing attitudes, and to have a positive impact through and beyond our business in ways which support Sustainable Development Goal 3.
2 Scaling-up treatment of depression and anxiety: a global return on investment analysis, The Lancet Psychiatry, 2016