Re: Larking Gowen
The British Chamber of Commerce has announced that local based Chartered Accountants, Larking Gowen, have won the regional ‘Workplace Wellbeing Award’ in the Chambers Business Awards 2018.
Since launching its wellbeing programme, which is being continually developed through engagement with employees and Wellbeing Champions, the firm has seen increases in employee retention and productivity, as well as a reduction in sickness absence.
“Attitudes to workplace wellbeing are rapidly evolving. I’m proud to be seen at the forefront of that in this region,” says Jon Woolston, Managing Partner at Larking Gowen. “For us, the wellbeing of all of our team isn’t just a desirable ‘add on’, it’s a fundamental part of our business culture, with positive impacts right across our business.
“The partners at Larking Gowen are owner-managers,” continues Jon, “and this means we still have a personal interest in and can directly influence the kind of environment we want to work in. The nature of our business, with strict submission deadlines, results in periods of intense pressure. It’s particularly important to create a culture where all employees are as happy to discuss mental health and wellbeing as they are to talk about physical health.”
“We monitor the impact of our wellbeing measures closely,” says Amanda Ninham, Head of Human Resources at Larking Gowen. “We operate in a competitive sector where we have to work hard to attract and retain people. If our employees feel happier at work and are staying with us for longer, that’s a clear indication our approach works”.
Larking Gowen will now go forward to the national finals of the Chamber Business Awards. The winners will be announced at a gala dinner at Tobacco Dock in London on 29 November.
For more information visit the Larking Gowen website.
Photo: Jon Woolston and Amanda Ninham