Focus On

With this year’s Employee Wellbeing Conference just a few days away, we’ve decided to sit down with some of our world class industry speakers for a “Speaker in the Spotlight” interview to hear more about their role, responsibilities and what they are most looking forward to about the event. Today we are joined by Arti Kashyap Aynsley, Group Head of Health & Wellbeing at Ocado Group…

1. Can you provide us with an insight into a ‘day in the life’ of your role?

I wish I could. Every day looks different, which is probably a huge part of why I love it. As I am still climitising to a new role and organisation, my days still encompass a large amount of reading, reviewing and meeting people that are helping to contribute to my thinking, planning and overall strategising. I have a team, so I am also spending a fair amount of my days with them working through our to-do lists which for right now are focused on aggregating views of what we have and formulating governance / process materials that will help as laying the foundations for the overall health & wellbeing strategy. I also spend much of my days connecting the dots across the organisation which means spending time with those in health and safety, people partner roles and corporate responsibility, as well as all the other COE areas such as inclusion, talent & development and communications.

2. How has Covid affected your employee engagement strategies?

For us at Ocado we launched our employee engagement tool during Covid – we use Peakon – and from what I have seen since I have joined, it has been a great tool to really help us hear from the business. We also as a business have spent more time connecting with our people via townhalls, livestreams, etc. which have made the two-way discussions between employees and leadership seem frequent, which has also been great.

3. What do you think the future will look like for employee wellbeing?

I love this question. I feel like Covid has had such a great impact on the conversation surrounding employee wellbeing, which has given it such a great trajectory. But where I think it will go (and am hoping), is that governments globally will have specific policies for organisations around employee wellbeing and overall care for their people. Further I am hoping that there will become a requirement for reporting around employee wellbeing for organisations, especially for those large organisations that are listed on the various stock exchanges, to help increase the visibility and overall accountability.

4. We’re very excited about hearing your case study! Any chance we can get a sneak peek about what you will be specifically focusing on?

Starting off in a new role, means that for right now I am really focused on formulating a narrative and strategy around Health & Wellbeing, including what it could look like beyond this fiscal, which is super exciting.

5. What are you most looking forward to about the event?

Discussion and connection 🙂

Arti will be taking part in an exclusive fireside chat at the Employee Wellbeing conference on Thursday 8th July at 12:35pm – you can register your FREE ticket to the event and catch Arti’s discussion live here

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