Grenke leaders inspire 385% rise in wellbeing activity
Facts & Figures
The wellbeing score for Pallas Foods rose overall from 50% to 67%, as measured before and immediately after the WWC 2020.
Hub Activity: 385% increase in average daily active user sessions compared to prior to the WFH order being issued
Learning: Over 1,400 courses were taken with a completion rate of 97%. This equates to 2 courses per day per person for 3 weeks
Pallas Foods is the largest food business in Ireland with a team of over 1,300 people delivering fresh, frozen, non-food and ambient food products to thousands of customers every night. They came to PepTalk in the second half of 2019 looking to support employees in a wider, more human context. Employee surveys had shown an appetite for a wellbeing programme.
In June 2020 Pallas Foods took part in their first Workplace Wellness Championships (WWC). The WWC is a bit of friendly competition between companies using the PepTalk platform. The aim is to amass the most amount of points from physical, learning and community-driven wellness activities over a three week period.
After three weeks of competition, Pallas Foods were crowned winner of the Workplace Wellness Championship 2020.
"Opportunities for team members from different business functions such as Sales, Operations and Shared Services to collaborate and build relationships can be limited; their paths may never cross on a working day.
We in Pallas really wanted to create opportunities for team building and bonding in an organic way rather than through structured social activities.
We knew the PepTalk hub would help solve this issue but the adoption and usage by employees during the Workplace Wellness Championships was really impressive”
Learning & Development, Pallas Foods
Grenke is a German finance company established in 1978. Since then they have enjoyed phenomenal growth and have over 1,700 employees in offices across 32 countries. Their Irish operation has more than 50 employees covering a number of functions in 3 different locations across the country.
Grenke partnered with PepTalk in August 2019. Prior to the partnership, Grenke had no dedicated wellbeing program. They offered some wellbeing services by supporting sponsored 5K runs and providing fruit on various days. The purpose of partnering with PepTalk was to increase the connection and engagement levels with employees across the company.
After the global pandemic took hold, work from home and lockdown orders were issued by the Irish government. The business leaders in Grenke realised their wellbeing program would become a crucial tool in safeguarding their people that were now working remotely.
In June 2020 Grenke took part in the PepTalk Workplace Wellness Championships (WWC). The WWC is a bit of friendly competition between companies using the PepTalk platform. The aim is to amass the most amount of points from physical, learning and community-driven wellness activities over a three week period. Bouyed by the endorsement from the senior leaders, Grenke finished third out of twenty companies
"Prior to the COVIDand 'working from home' we had not really pushed the wellbeing program, more allowing employees to find their own ways of using it. But the WWC provided a nice catalyst for us to start pulling together as one team."
Head of HR, Grenke
"There is a great sense of connection from engaging with the PepTalk program. Senior leaders in the business are encouraging everyone to get involved and be part of the community rather than just being employees in a company. ”
Managing Director, Grenke
Amplifying Existing Initiatives
Using gamified shared experiences, AIB initiated a series of wellbeing and culture building challenges. Key here was the #TIMETOTALK mental health campaign which PepTalk was able to extend and amplify across the organisation.
Leading by participating
Through encouragement and active participation themselves, managers in Grenke were able to boost participation in the PepTalk program across the whole organisation.
Better people, make better employees
Humans want to connect, interact, affiliate, care, and share. Over 1,400 pictures were posted to the social wall in the PepTalk app allowing people to see their colleagues 'in real life' while working from home.
Breaking down work silos
Grenke uses the PepTalk is to provide an opportunity for employees from all departments and locations to engage with each other. The PepTalk program became a conversation starter between people who may not have had a work-related reason to interact.