People often ask me what it is that makes Virgin such a great place to work. Fortunately there are countless things, but most recently it would have to be our progressive and innovative approach to health and wellbeing.

Creating a business that really listens to its people is of paramount importance. Happy and thriving people make a happy and thriving business, which throughout my career has proven the best formula for success.

Virgin Unite, Virgin Active, Josh Bayliss, health and wellbeing

Two years ago when we introduced our Wellbeing Programme at Virgin Management, we didn’t just want to introduce a HR initiative, we wanted to make a complete culture change. We wanted wellbeing to become an integral part of our business, helping us to ensure work-life balance.

We believe that by giving employees the freedom and encouragement to incorporate healthy habits into their day-to-day lives, their care and passion for the business will grow even more.

The programme includes initiatives such as flexible working, unlimited leave, robust health care benefits, and shared parental leave. We’ve also partnered up with Virgin Pulse to give our employees the ability to track their fitness, nutrition, sleep and more. It gives me great pride and satisfaction that our engagement levels are really high, and it’s definitely one of our most popular initiatives – it’s great to see people having fun getting competitive with one another.

Virgin Unite, Virgin Active, Josh Bayliss, health and wellbeing

Having recently hit our two year anniversary of the programme, we wanted to mark it with a week of wellness classes and fun initiatives.

A treadmill and static bike were set up in the office and we asked people to take part in a challenge to cycle to Necker Island and back – the equivalent of the journey of course! It was great timing as lots of people across the Virgin Group were also taking part in different legs of the Virgin Strive Challenge.

The challenge itself was set up to raise funds for Holly and Sam’s charity, Big Change. The organisation does amazing work to better the lives of young people, by providing the skills and opportunities to thrive in life, not just in the classroom. 

Events like this are another example of our efforts to enable and support our people to get involved and change business for good.

We’ve certainly got more up our sleeves, but for now, here’s a selection of images showing what we got up to. I’m puffed just looking at them!

Virgin Unite, Virgin Active, Josh Bayliss, health and wellbeing