The physical and mental health wellbeing of our employees and their families is important for bp. We offer a global employee assistance programme (EAP) to support health and wellbeing. It is accessible 24 hours a day, every day and offers support on specific health concerns, illness, bereavement, divorce, financial concerns and other significant life events.
In 2020, we continued to improve our systematic management of multiple health data points and sources, to identify ‘hot spots’ where we can target preventive interventions as well as provide training, support and resources to improve employee wellbeing and performance.
We also started to provide free access to the headspace meditation app for employees and their partners to use at their convenience. This was downloaded more than 10,000 times during 2020.
To try and manage potential health or wellbeing impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, we provided support to employees who had to continue working at our locations and to those who we asked to work from home.
The health and wellbeing resources we already had in place gave us a strong base from which to operate and we quickly applied lessons learned from early outbreaks in China to anticipate likely consequences for our global businesses.
Our specific responses included:
We also supported employees and contractors working offshore and in remote sites, developing effective quarantining procedures before and after shifts along with many other new COVID-19-specific operational measures.
Mental health and wellbeing is high on our agenda. Our leaders have actively encouraged conversations around mental health to reduce stigma and make it easier for people to ask for help.
In 2020, we increased the number and frequency of our ‘Mental health awareness training for managers’ and our ‘Mental health awareness’ sessions, providing our line managers with the knowledge, skills and confidence to discuss and address mental health concerns in their teams.
And in April 2020, we made one of our largest-ever charitable donations to England and Wales mental health charity Mind. This gave the charity the confidence to invest in the technology required to continue to remotely support people facing mental health challenges. In the same month, bp’s chief executive Bernard Looney and chairman Helge Lund chose to donate 20% of their salaries to mental health charities of their choice for the remainder of the year.