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Health and wellbeing

Our business is health and this starts with our own people. We aim to help our employees stay safe and feel good at work and at home.

Abdul, pharmacist
Abdul Wahab, Pharmacist at Al Mashfa Hospital in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia

Protecting our people

Preventing injuries and illnesses at work is fundamental to protecting our people’s health and wellbeing.

We encourage everyone at GSK to take responsibility for their own safety and the safety of those around them. Our standards help people understand how to spot, report and manage risks.

Road safety is a particular risk for our people, especially in emerging markets. We provide training to help them protect themselves and their families on the road. Our driver safety programme combines online learning with practical road safety activities.

Preventive healthcare

We offer all our employees – and their eligible dependents – a comprehensive preventive healthcare package in every country where we operate.

The programme provides them with up to 40 preventive healthcare services at little or no extra cost. These include immunisations and cancer screenings.

Building resilience

We want to support our people to maximise their energy and personal resilience. In addition to preventive healthcare services we offer a range of workshops, courses, and coaching resources to help our people take control of their health, manage their energy levels and adopt healthy behaviours.

We also promote healthy lifestyles through core health programmes available across our major sites in the countries where we have the most employees. These include exercise classes, discounted fitness centres, labelled healthy food options, nutrition education and support to quit smoking.

Mental wellbeing is just as important as physical wellbeing. We offer access to counselling through our 24-hour confidential Employee Assistance Programme (EAP), to support those employees dealing with personal or professional issues that are affecting their wellbeing.

Flexible and life-friendly

GSK takes a personalised approach to enable employees to have choice about how they work to meet both their personal needs and the needs of our business. Through regular check in conversations we are encouraging managers to discuss how we can ensure that all employees have the opportunity to thrive in all aspects of their lives and deliver their best work at GSK. This is supported by a range of life friendly policies across our different countries. Life-friendly policies include formal arrangements such as flexible hours, part-time working and job shares, as well as informal arrangements such as working from different locations.

We regularly review our life friendly programmes and policies to ensure we position ourselves competitively and support the needs of our employees. In the US, we introduced paid parental leave which allows new parents up to eight weeks of time off from work following the birth or adoption of a child. We also provide eligible employees up to four weeks of paid leave to care for an immediate family member who requires care for a serious health condition. Both leaves offer some flexibility in the use of the leave, so employees can choose times that work best for them and their families. We also raised our commitment to family-friendly policies across many countries and are seeking to improve work/life balance through a range of flexibility models across our markets. As an example, in the UK we offer a tax-free holiday programme, which enables employees to sacrifice part of their salary in exchange for up to ten days of extra holiday.

To support our aspiration to do more in this area we have revamped our leadership training to train our managers to have better conversations to support employees to manage and balance their lives whilst helping GSK to deliver its strategy and business priorities.