Banner sponsored the third DVLA Code Challenge competition recently. The event enables pupils to develop their problem solving, communication and teamwork skills; as well as improving their knowledge of computer programming in a fun and innovative way.
It's been reported that more people than ever are turning to food banks. Simon Eady, Business Manager at Banner, spent a charity day helping at the Milton Keynes food bank and knows all too well of the vital support it provides to the community.
Find out how we’re committed to the health and wellbeing of Our People at Banner
Work is a major part of many peoples lives. It’s where we spend most of our time, it’s how we earn our income and it’s often where we form friendships. Therefore, job satisfaction can play a key role in our mental health and general wellbeing.
At Banner, we understand that wellbeing is a complex blend of the physical, psychological, social and relationship aspects of our employees’ working lives, and we recognise the importance of creating a workplace where everyone can thrive.
That’s why we’re marking World Mental Health Day with a series of activities to show our commitment to the health and wellbeing of our employees.
Employers are legally required to protect employees from stress at work
This requirement covers all organisations, with those employing more than five people expected to produce a written risk assessment to help prevent stress related issues from arising in the first place.
With 15.4 million days taken off work for work-related stress, depression and anxiety in 2017/18, according to the Labour Force Survey, mental health war responsible for more lost working days than any other single health issue.
Work related stress sees people take an average of 15.8 days each off work, which makes it important for employers to not only improve the support they offer, but also put in place preventive measures.
According to the HSE, the six main areas that can lead to work-related stress are demands, control, support, relationships, role and change.
The number of people working from home has grown steadily over the last decade, with at least 1.5 million of us now cutting out the commute to the office.
The increase flexibility can bring a range of advantages, both for employers and employees, including better work-life balance, reduce travel time, higher motivation and savings in office space costs.
Out of sight isn't out of mind though, as employers have the same responsibility for the health and wellbeing of a home-based employee as they do for someone in the office.
Here are some ways a home worker can be supported:
CCS National Account Manager, Eric Mountain, will be taking part in an Ultra White Collar Boxing (UWCB) event on the 30th March to raise money for Cancer Research UK.
Ultra White Collar Boxing (UWCB) are a corporate partner of Cancer Research UK and participants, like Eric, have helped to raise over £16.4 Million to help beat cancer sooner.
It’s National Apprenticeship week, and Banner are celebrating the 20 apprentices they have welcomed into the business in the last few years; from those who were already employees at Banner and wanted to learn a new skill, to a brand-new selection of team members, as apprentices who have been welcomed into the company.
We’ve interviewed a selection of apprentices from across the business and here’s what they had to say: