Bupa UK’s new office in Salford Quays, Manchester, has been named the Happiest Workplace in recognition of its journey to create a place where ‘everyone has their best day at work every day’.
Bupa Place, which is situated on the waterside and is home to 2,500 employees that previously worked across two offices in Salford Quay, was awarded the accolade at the National Happiness Awards ceremony earlier this month. The building rated BREEAM Excellent for its sustainability performance, putting it amongst the top 10% of UK new non-domestic buildings, was designed with input from employees at every stage and introduced a fresh way of working.
The judges recognised Bupa Place as a workplace focused on ensuring every one of the 2,500 people based there love working there, and which invests in people’s confidence and personal development, as well as forging strong community connections.
Wayne Close, Managing Director, Bupa UK Health Services, said: “I was honoured to collect this award on behalf of Bupa at the ceremony in MediaCity, Manchester. For an organisation whose purpose is to help people live longer, healthier, happier lives, creating the happiest place to work is at the very heart of what we do. We know that happy people equal happy customers and this philosophy at Bupa UK has recently been brought to life in our brand-new place to be happy: ‘Bupa Place’. Our office is focused on ensuring every one of our 2,500 people based in our Salford Quays location love working here.
“Over the last year we’ve engaged everyone on a journey to a happier place. Our state-of-the-art offices are at the centre of this programme and from the get go this project was led by our people. Everything from the name of our building, the design and layout, what facilities and services are on offer, trialling the equipment supplied, how we develop fresh ways of working, even the coffee we serve has been decided with input from our people and what would make them most happy.”
Being environmentally-friendly and people’s wellbeing were essential to the build, and continue in its day to day running. The building, which spans six floors, offers open-plan working spaces, designed to change how people work with the opening marking the rollout of a fresh, flexible approach that means people can choose their type of work setting, including home. The office features ergonomically designed chairs and over 1000 sit/stand desks, as well as dedicated spaces to have team meetings, one-to-one discussions, or to socialise.
Bupa Place was officially opened in September by Bupa UK CEO David Hynam and two-time Taekwondo World Champion and Olympic medallist Bianca Walkden. To mark the move, Bupa UK launched the ‘Everyone’s Welcome’ pledge, helping to create a positive working environment where employees are comfortable to bring their whole self to work. Bupa UK is passionate about making sure that it builds a workplace where people can be open about the challenges they face and get the support they might need, and is also encouraging other businesses to sign up to the pledge online.