The Allerton store pulled out all of the stops to ensure January was the happiest month it could be for all of its employees. Specsavers on Allerton Road embraced the wellbeing theme during what is often a long and hard month for many people.

The store directors transformed its staff room into a wellbeing zone, which included a regularly topped up bowl full of free fruit and inspirational words and positive messages on the walls.

Wellbeing at top of agenda

The store also arranged for a lifestyle coach to visit staff each weekend in January to give advice on improving wellbeing around mindfulness, diet and alcohol consumption.

Zoe Morris, director at Specsavers Allerton, said: ‘We wanted to get the year off to the best possible start and we were also keen to encourage staff to feel as healthy and as well as possible after the festive period.

We also wanted our staff to know that we recognise how important it is to take mental health and mental wellbeing seriously, so introduced the concept of ‘Happy January’ to encourage positivity among the team. ‘The sessions were really well received by staff and there’s been a noticeable boost within the team. It’s been an incredibly positive experience for all involved.’

Pamper evening for all staff

To round off ‘Happy January’ the Allerton store held a special pamper evening for staff, making an effort to ensure they all felt special. Taking place on 28 January, the staff were treated to food from nearby The Goodness Grill, free facials from the Body Shop, massages, yoga sessions and even health checks from local gym, Anytime Fitness.

The store has also signed up to the popular cycle to work scheme to help out staff who wish to buy bikes and improve fitness by cycling to work.

Mindful employer

The store is registered as a mindful employer and is keen to take its healthy theme further through the year, already committing to the Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge and the annual Liverpool Colour Run over the coming months.

Zoe continues: ‘The team are really fired up after Happy January and we’ve had 10 to 15 staff members commit to both our 2019 challenges – the Yorkshire Three Peaks hike and the Colour Run. It’s a great start to the year and I am really proud of our team for getting involved.’

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