Teams have autonomy to decide how funds are spent, with examples so far including yoga sessions, flowers for the office, book tokens, fruit and treats.
Teams at CVS Group are using a new company £1.3m Refresh fund to pay for activities which enhance their mental and physical wellbeing.
CVS teams are able to claim up to £3 per week per colleague for activities or products that contribute to the wellness of the team in the workplace.
Amongst the 8,100 employees, early ways of spending the Refresh fund have included plants for the office; team yoga sessions, book tokens, fresh fruit deliveries and self-care packages.
CVS Refresh is designed to run every week to support a team’s welfare. Funds can also be rolled together to carry out a more significant activity once a month with the extra budget saved.
It is up to each teams decide how to spend the funds. Colleagues are encouraged to be creative in their range of wellbeing activities and listen to all team members.
Helen Finney, Group HR Director at CVS Group, said: “We are providing the support and resources to enable colleagues to look after their wellbeing. CVS Refresh is a fun way for teams to plan their wellness activities with the financial backing of the company. It’s one of the ways we’re working towards our vision to be the veterinary company people most want to work for.”
Refresh is part of a number of a Wellbeing Strategy that includes training and toolkits for managers; a 300-strong Wellbeing Champion network trained in First Aid for Mental Health; and a calendar of monthly activities.
CVS’ colleague wellbeing is regularly measured using a quarterly survey. Since last year, the proportion of colleagues saying the group provides relevant and useful wellbeing resources has increased by 6%, and the proportion saying that work has a positive effect on their wellbeing has increased by 5%.
CVS offers a significant number of existing benefits to its colleagues. They include; a Save as You Earn scheme which allows colleagues to save regular amounts each month over a three-year period and benefit from increases in the Group’s share price over that time; enhanced maternity pay to support colleagues in starting a family and then returning to work; a new health cash plan to look after colleagues’ financial, physical and mental wellbeing; up to eight weeks full pay in the circumstances of an exceptional health event[i]; a significant number of staff discounts on CVS products and services; and regular colleague check-ins.
CVS Group operates across small animal, farm animal, equine, laboratories and crematoria, with over 500 veterinary practices, referral centres and sites in the UK, the Republic of Ireland and the Netherlands. In the last five years the company has invested nearly £80 million in its sites, facilities and equipment, in addition to industry leading training and support, to give the best possible care to animals. For more information about careers with CVS Group visit www.careerswithcvs.co.uk .
[i] This will apply to major surgery as part of a gender transition, in what is believed to be a veterinary industry first.