The e-commerce platform's just-announced wellness initiatives include free access to a meditation app, weekly guided journaling exercises, and more.

The latest organisation championing employees' wellbeing and mental health is ZALORA. The fashion and lifestyle group, on 2 September 2021, announced its new wellness initiatives aimed at supporting its employees through their mental health and well-being journeys.

This will be achieved through practices such as meditation, journaling, and additional days of annual and medical leave declared as 'Mental Health Days' and 'Special Occasion Day'.

Louise Pender, General Counsel and Chief People Officer, ZALORA, said: “Through the rollout of our new mental health initiatives, we are now able to better support our employees by providing them with access to scientifically-proven tools for supporting stress relief and mental health and personal well-being.

"In addition to providing access to confidential counselling services, subscriptions to top wellness apps and services, the introduction of our new leave categories are aimed at promoting a healthy work-life balance for our employees and provide them with more time to spend on self-care or with their loved ones.”

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In detail, ZALORA's wellness initiatives include the following for all full-time employees:

  • Access to a meditation app that encourages daily reflection;
  • Weekly guided journaling exercises customised for ZALORA employees;
  • A Zoom-free half-day every week to ease the intensity of screen time for employees working remotely;
  • Two 'Mental Health Days' included within the company’s medical leave policies to encourage time out for self-care;
  • A 'Special Occasion Day' added to existing annual leave allowances to give more flexibility and time for mental wellbeing; and
  • Access to online mental health platform, which provides free and confidential access to counselling sessions run by qualified psychologists

"The new initiatives tie in to ZALORA’s Future of Work (FoW) framework - a structured rollout of initiatives and supportive policies that are aimed at upkeeping employee safety and wellbeing as they continue to adjust to new norms in the post-pandemic model of work.

“The events of the last year have spotlighted the importance of placing mental health and personal wellbeing at the top of our to-do lists every day. The initiatives that we have introduced are intended to encourage and support our employees in doing so. Our aim is to create a happy and vibrant workplace, where our employees can feel safe and supported through all of life’s challenges,” Pender added.

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