According to Calnex Solutions, a critical part of the firm’s ethos is to be an employer that people enjoy working for, and working with. Its approach to employee wellbeing not only encourages a comfortable, supportive and productive work environment but supports staff in taking care of their physical and mental wellbeing.
Its flexible working policy offers employees the chance to work extra hours Monday to Thursday to leave early on a Friday and core hours make for flexible start and finish times whilst ensuring employees can still work productively across teams, sites and countries. Employees also have the opportunity to purchase extra annual leave giving them more time off to manage their home lives and holidays.
From a health perspective Calnex provides a competitive private healthcare scheme and critical illness cover to support employees if they were to be faced with medical health challenges.
Daily office life at a desk can also take its toll on the body. To encourage people to move around and take a break, Calnex runs on-site circuit training and pilates classes.
Employees have access to a multi-use games pitch where they can join in with five-a-side football or tennis.
To encourage people to move around and take a break, Calnex runs on-site circuit training and pilates classes.
The firm has a corporate membership at the golf course across from the HQ office with access to a driving range, putting green and nine-hole course and another membership at the local leisure centre with access to a swimming pool, badminton and squash courts.
While at work, employees are given opportunities to get away from their desks at lunchtime, exercise if they wish or get out in the fresh air. Its location by Linlithgow Loch provides the perfect seting for lunchtime walks or runs and there is access to an onsite gym and fitness studio for an early morning, lunchtime, after work or weekend workout.
The firm is on the verge of engaging a masseuse to counteract all the physical activity that goes on, helping to avoid injury and relieve stress.
The firm feels wellbeing isn’t all about physical health however, and makes a point of regularly checking in with employees on their experiences of working at Calnex.
The HR Manager offers regular checkups with employees to check in on how life is for them at Calnex, any aspirations they have or challenges they face.
This is also done at monthly Slice sessions (culture meetings) where the CEO and HR Manager meet with groups of employees to discuss where things are going well and where Calnex can improve as an employer.
The firm understands it won’t please everyone all the time, but where necessary it tries to find ways to address any employee concerns or ideas.
Every quarter, employee communication sessions take place with the worldwide team to update everyone on targets, the outlook for the next quarter and any new initiatives that are kicked off and will affect employees at Calnex.
Once a year, an employee survey is carried out to ensure the firm is meeting all its cultural objectives of Calnex being a good company to work for, of employees being listened to and of being a place where their opinions are considered. It also tries to ensure that staff have sufficient opportunity to meet their individual career/growth aspirations.
Throughout the year managers also hold regular one-to-ones with all of their direct reports to monitor progress and challenges, and any development requirements employees may have.
Lastly it supports employees with their charitable efforts through a corporate giving (donations) programme and has just kicked off its first Calnex in the Community initiative in the local town of Linlithgow.
Most recently it supported an employee in his quest for gold at the European Masters Athletics Championships in Venice. Ian Horsburgh, R&D Engineer at Calnex, won silver at the 200m in the M40 age group (40-45), missing out on Gold by 1/1000th of a second.
It was an amazing achievement and the rest of the team at Calnex was immensely proud.