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NI Water: Supporting employees’ health and wellbeing with seasonal campaigns that have saved lives

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Fiona Dowds, Corporate Strategy Manager at Kingsbridge Membership Club presents the Excellence in Workplace Health & Wellbeing Award to Christine McIlhatton, Alison Sweeney and Kate Rooney from NI Water. Credit: Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye

Fiona Dowds, Corporate Strategy Manager at Kingsbridge Membership Club presents the Excellence in Workplace Health & Wellbeing Award to Christine McIlhatton, Alison Sweeney and Kate Rooney from NI Water. Credit: Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye

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Fiona Dowds, Corporate Strategy Manager at Kingsbridge Membership Club presents the Excellence in Workplace Health & Wellbeing Award to Christine McIlhatton, Alison Sweeney and Kate Rooney from NI Water. Credit: Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye

NI Water places great emphasis on the health and wellbeing of its nearly 1400 employees, and it was never more important than during the last two years of the pandemic, according to the company.

The company, winner of Excellence in Workplace Health and Wellbeing, is focused on supporting its employees through all life’s events, in sickness and in health.

Its strategy includes seasonal health campaigns featuring events encouraging healthy habits.

There is also an eight week ‘Live Well Roadshow’, along with virtual gym sessions (HIIT and Yoga), walking challenges, a stop smoking programme, speakers on mental health, menopause, diet, resilience, sleeping habits and how to manage personal finances.

Alison Sweeney, health and well being manager with NI Water, said: “We worked for at least two years on a health and well being strategy, answering the needs of our employees.

“We built our strategy on what our people need and our strategy has helped to save lives.

"We know that for sure because the employees have reported back to us how our road shows and campaigns have helped them see their way through, for example, Covid-19.

“It is based on four pillars, mental health, physical health, social health and financial health.”

The ‘jewel’ of the strategy is the telling of real life stories of employees, which, the company says, “creates a culture of openness, priorities health and normalises the conversation”  around mental health, menopause, addiction and domestic violence. 


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