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Wellbeing project tackles driver mental and physical health at supply chain firm

Topics including mental health, cancer awareness and oral hygiene came under the spotlight in the latest wellbeing meeting for staff at Northants supply chain firm, The NX Group.

Drivers and management at The NX Group with their latest wellbeing packs

Aimed at drivers within the firm’s courier division as well as its long-distance logistics service, the initiative – part of an ongoing focus on driver wellbeing – saw managers hand out packs containing information designed to help the staff look after their mental health, be clear on cancer and keep their teeth in top condition.

A travel toothbrush and toothpaste set was included in each pack and each employee was also presented with a tyre pressure gauge for use when travelling to or from work, as well as during shifts on the road.

The packs were supplemented with anti-smoking leaflets and infographic posters placed around the workplace, providing additional support to staff looking to kick the habit.

Rebecca Bateman, HR manager at The NX Group, said: “Mental health among long-distance drivers is rightly an area that requires attention, with fatigue and stress two of the biggest factors that could impact on wellbeing.

“Long journeys, often in darkness, require prolonged concentration; and, when combined with traffic congestion, delays or dangerous weather conditions, tiredness and tension are risks that need to be addressed and avoided.”

The firm’s focus on wellbeing across all its staff also saw applicable elements of the initiatives carried over to warehouse and office staff too.

Bateman added: “At The NX Group, the health and happiness of all our staff – from our drivers to our warehouse and transport office teams – is of the utmost importance. We regularly hold health and wellbeing events to ensure that our employees are well equipped to look after their physical safety and mental wellbeing before, during and after work.”

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Written by Natalie Middleton

Natalie has worked as a fleet journalist for 16 years, previously as assistant editor on the former Company Car magazine before joining Fleet World in 2006. Prior to this, she worked on a range of B2B titles, including Insurance Age and Insurance Day. As Business Editor, Natalie ensures the group websites and newsletters are updated with the latest news.

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