Specsavers in Keighley has been recognised for its investment in team wellbeing by an organisation of optical professionals.

The store has been awarded Health and Wellbeing Practice of the Year at the annual Association of Optometrists (AOP) awards, which took place in London early this year.

Celebrating extraordinary talent and outstanding contributions from across the optical profession, the award acknowledges practices that understand the important role that health and wellbeing can play in terms of job satisfaction, together with initiatives put in place to motivate, engage and support staff.

Activities that contributed to the Keighley store’s award win included developing a mental strength tool kit with the aim of de-stigmatising mental health and creating an environment where team members can talk without fear. Staff are also rewarded for promoting mindfulness.

A word from the store director

‘To me, building a culture of transparency, trust and support is key’, said Raj Gill, store director at Specsavers in Keighley.

‘It is great for the team to be acknowledged by our industry peers for their commitment to make this a happy and healthy environment for everyone to work in.

‘I love the unity of the team, and we’ve spent time encouraging team bonding. There is always an open door, an open mind and an open ear to listen. The aim is to provide everyone with the opportunity to be more mindful of the beautiful world around them and not just to run on autopilot.’

The Association of Optometrists is a membership organisation for optometrists and other optical professionals that protect, support and represent members throughout their careers.

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