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Creative agency shines the light on mental health and wellbeing

CCM Group is providing its design skills free of charge to a mental health consultancy firm as well as focusing on its own staff's wellness and job satisfaction.

Currently, protecting mental health and wellbeing is arguably more important than ever. Despite the current pandemic causing business uncertainty and a threat to jobs across the country, north Nottinghamshire based company CCM Group has been fortunate enough to experience significant growth this year, with employee headcount shooting from 16 to 46 employees. Subsequently, the group’s latest change sees the longest standing businessdirector of 12 years, Chelsea Peek (pictured), stepping into a brand new role of head of people, centred around staff mental health and wellbeing.

Chelsea will focus on developing innovative and comprehensive programmes to increase job satisfaction and support the almost tripled workforce. These programmes include talent development, culture and wellness initiatives, as well as retention strategies.

Excited to be in her new role, Chelsea said: “With the majority of our employees working from home again, we’re taking particular measures and implementing activities to ensure we can protect the wellbeing of everyone, whether they are in the office or at home.

"I have already conducted wellness surveys with all our staff members so that we can really get to grips with our employees’ needs and feelings and make sure we’re doing everything we can for them. We’ve introduced weekly virtual company meetings, regular wellness 1-2-1’s with line managers, and Wellness Wednesday sessions allowing time for all the team to come together (virtually) to take a break from day-to-day activities and discuss any worries, thoughts or feelings surrounding the pandemic or work and home life.”

Not only is the company focusing on its own wellness efforts, but the group’s B2B division, CCM Creative recently selected Healthy Minds, Healthy Business - a workplace mental health consultancy firm led by Jackie Shears - as the winner of a recent rebrand competition. The purpose of the competition was to offer a free logo redesign and accompanying printed business marketing materials to an organisation who needed extra support during the pandemic.

Chelsea explains: “Our skilled marketing and design team were really excited to select Healthy Minds, Healthy Business as the winner of the rebrand competition. So many fantastic businesses entered but as we’ve recently been promoting mental health awareness in the workplace and continue to do so, it was a no brainer for us to choose a company which holds such similar values to our own.”