Tom Holliss is Chief People Officer at Zappi and will be speaking virtually on compassionate leadership on day two of the Wellbeing at Work UK Summit on 20-22 September and we wanted to get his thoughts before he takes to the virtual stage.
We are thrilled that you will be speaking at our Wellbeing at Work UK Summit in September. Our first and most important question is, how are you doing today?
I’m well thanks for asking Bit tired because we have a little one who isn’t sleeping well, but that’s all part of being a parent!
As a leader based in the region, what are the main challenges your you are facing when it comes to employee wellbeing?
We are a tech scale up and there is constant change and growth. It’s a really exciting, dynamic environment and people care about their work. The downside is that constant change can at times be exhausting and at worst, can lead to burnout. We put a lot of focus on building a sustainable, compassionate culture to address this.
What strategies have you seen developing in the UK over the past 6-12 months post pandemic to address health and wellbeing in the workplace?
There is an increasing personalisation of both the experience of work and also support mechanisms. Increasingly there is recognition of the importance of allowing people to tailor their working life to fit their wider commitments, as a means to ensure more sustainable working practices. And the same with wellbeing benefits, it’s about providing the right support for individuals, not a one-size-fits-all.
Why is employee wellbeing so important to you personally?
I am completely passionate about building a company and culture that offers people high quality, meaningful work. It’s what gets me out of bed. You don’t get that without paying attention to positive wellbeing.
What are you most looking forward to about the Summit in September?
I’m looking forward to learning from a whole host of brilliant speakers and getting to know some wonderful new people!
Tell us, what is your vision for the workplace of the future, in terms of employee engagement, health and wellbeing?
I believe that work needs to work for everyone, not just certain types of people. We need to design our systems, processes and cultures to enable everyone to thrive, whatever their background, demographics or what’s going on in their personal lives.
What areas do you think employers should be focused on over the next 12-18 months?
The same as the last 12-18 months. Listen to your team, listen to you customers, and every day show up to have a positive impact on their lives.
How has your organisation been leading the way?
We aim to be progressive in everything we do. Whether that’s giving regular mental health days when we close the company, offering on demand access to therapists through Slack or providing completely flexibility for people to design when, where and how they work. We hire brilliant people and do everything we can to make sure they can flourish.
Join us at the Wellbeing at Work UK Summit between 20-22 September 2022 in London, Manchester and virtually and hear from Tom and over 60 expert speakers from across the world. Further details here.