Wellbeing & Inclusion

Danske Bank puts wellbeing at the top of its agenda

In early 2017, Danske Bank made the decision to review its wellbeing strategy. What Danske Bank in Northern Ireland did was establish a wellbeing committee with representation from all business areas, re-visiting the definition of wellbeing.

The business issue

In early 2017, Danske Bank made the decision to review its wellbeing strategy to align with its organisational vision, its responsible business agenda and its Absence Management strategy.

What Danske Bank in Northern Ireland did

Amy Miscampbell, Business in the Community presents David Moore from Danske Bank with a certificate for successfully completing the Learning Network for strategic employee engagement and wellbeing

  • Established a wellbeing committee with representation from all business areas
  • Re-visited the definition of wellbeing and agreed to take holistic approach
  • Aligned its wellbeing strategy with its Responsible Business agenda which focuses on its customers, employees and wider society. Re-branded the programmes to provide clarity about the work that forms part of that agenda
  • Conducted a Wellbeing survey
  • Used survey outputs to inform selection of its Charity Partner and to develop programme of Community activity and employee support initiatives in partnership with the charity
  • Re-launched wellbeing support tools
  • Developed KPIs to measure impacts
  • Impacts

    Whilst it is still early in Danske Bank’s journey, the following impacts have been evidenced during the first 6 months of the revised programme:

  • Online wellbeing support accessed by almost 400 unique users
  • 46 employees have volunteered a total of 312 hours though Danske’s Time to Give volunteering programme
  • 4 times more employees voluntarily participating study for professional qualifications than over the same period last year
  • “As a responsible business, our commitment to Employee Wellbeing is a key strand of our Employee Engagement strategy. We recognise the impact that effective and holistic wellbeing programmes can have on improving employee engagement, attracting and retaining talent, productivity and on absence levels. Our approach to Employee Wellbeing is integrated with key elements of our HR strategy and is central to our charity partnership with Action Mental Health. Through our partnership with the charity, we not only fundraise and volunteer but are working together on initiatives to positively impact on the wellbeing of our employees.”

    Orla King, Senior HR Partner, Organisational Effectiveness, Danske Bank