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Forms Plus Ltd
Print management company specialising in despatch labels
What we do:
Forms Plus specialises in supplying logistics consumables to online sellers including delivery notes, invoices and despatch labels. We source a wide range of products to streamline the pick and despatch process, to help manage customer returns and promote company brand awareness. We stock plain integrated and laser label forms for smaller sellers using Ebay, Etsy and NotOnTheHighstreet and also produce bespoke forms and labels for larger users that want a custom product.
Why we became a healthy workplace:
Forms Plus has a strong ethos of looking after the wellbeing of employees inside and outside of work. We believe a healthy, happy team is more motivated, high performing and fun to be a part of. Keeping skills and experience within the company is also really important in the print industry.
Recent health and well being activities:
In 2018 we set the theme for the year as Wellbeing but have also continued promoting being more active and eating well. The team did a brainstorm about want we want from workplace health and together agreed a mission statement for Health Plus, for our own workplace health programme. It is:
‘Inspiring each other to be healthy, fit and happy at work and at home.’
Forms Plus featured in Radio Cornwall’s Fitter Cornwall campaign in January with a short interview about our experience of workplace health and things you can do as an SME that do not cost a lot.
The company trained two volunteers in May to be Mental Health First Aiders and in June the rest of the team attended the free Making Every Contact Count course which everyone really enjoyed. The Mental Health First Aiders gave a very interesting presentation to the whole team about stress with ideas for recognising and managing your own stress triggers. The MHFAs also set up a Wellbeing Walks programme where one team member will be chosen to go out on a short walk with a MHFA each week for an informal chat about anything that may be bothering them in or outside of work.
The team did a half day beach clean at Church Cove with Surfers Against Sewage during the Big Beach Clean in April. All the plastic we picked up was collected by SAS as part of their ongoing campaign against plastic pollution. This was a family event and finished with tea and biscuits on the beach.
The office also took part in On Your Feet Day in April to demonstrate how inactive the traditional working day can be and how much better you feel for moving more. The team did office ‘circuits’ for 1 minute every hour throughout the working day which included fun games like juggling, skipping, step ups and football keepy uppies, and some exercises such as wall squats, lifting reams of paper or rolls of labels and a team throwing game called Hot Potato.
We had a team bring and share lunch in June called ‘Mood Food’ themed around foods that affect your mood and mental wellbeing. Each dish was labelled up with food facts about their ingredients and everyone got to try different recipes.
Amy has visited the offices every quarter to carry out healthy weight checks for those that wanted them and we have regularly joined Graham for a lunchtime walk along with employees from Frugi. The company bought special water bottles for every member of staff marked up to remind you how much water to drink during the day. Our cooled water usage has noticeably increased as a result.
Alison has been with Forms Plus for just over a year. Soon after joining the company she aggravated a back injury outside of work which caused an initial period of absence and severely affected her mobility in and outside of the office for months.
Last year we had a visit from a local physio therapy practice to evaluate our posture whilst sat at our work stations. The advice from the physio was for Alison to be as active as possible instead of the opposite approach that she had taken.
Jumping forward to this summer Alison now enjoys Zumba classes, any dancing and fully takes part in our afternoon stretches. Alison was also a star player in the healthy weight checks this year after showing a lot of discipline to meet her target healthy weight.
“I’ve benefited greatly from the healthy workplace it’s made me take control of my eating, I drink more water and exercise more regularly that in turn has helped my bad back.”
We are very fortunate that all our staff have embraced the scheme, it is now truly embedded in our whole company culture and ethos. It’s a great talking point when meeting with existing and new customers and supplier’s.
Participation is not mandatory and there is no pressure on people to join in but most activities / schemes / challenges have 100% backing from the staff and directors. It pulls us together as a team in many ways.
Our WH Champion does a fabulous job of motivating people and keeping the scheme fresh with new ideas. We rotate which members of staff go to the Forum meetings. This really helps people to stay committed to the scheme.
As I have always said, for me, this programme is not about winning awards but making people’s lives in and out of work, healthier and hopefully happier.