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National Work Life Week: From the Great Resignation to the Great Retention 

Experts considered the Great Resignation to be a knock-on effect of the coronavirus pandemic as people worldwide re-evaluated their lives. But with restrictions lifted and life returning to normal, resignations haven’t waned, and until the deeper-rooted factors causing workers to quit are addressed, the storm of resignations is unlikely to calm. 

More than 6.5 million Brits could resign in the next year, research from the CIPD has found, with better pay and benefits the most common motivator behind a job move. The cost-of-living crisis is driving workers towards the search for a higher salary, and as people are living longer, health is becoming a greater priority.  

National Work Life Week is an opportunity for both employers and employees to reflect on wellbeing at work and worklife balance and consider how the workplace needs to be reinvented to meet the need of workers today and in the futureRetention and employee engagement are at the top of the agenda for companies in multiple sectors, and wellbeing initiatives can make a huge difference to employee resilience, performance and productivity. 

Global aviation services group, Air Partner, appointed a dedicated environmental, social and governance (ESG) manager, Greg Charman, last August. Part of Greg’s role is creating tools and opportunities to encourage healthy wellbeing amongst staff, resulting in the development of a dedicated Healthy Lives, Healthy Minds Group to drive initiatives forward. 

Greg explains, “Ultimately, we want happy and healthy staff, and continuing to take care of our people will help us achieve that. We’ve opened our office spaces to allow staff over 40 to have their free NHS Health Check at work to make it easy for staff to access a service that everyone is entitled to. We’re also working with the training provider Miss Menopause to raise awareness of the menopause at work and support women who go through this life event with dignity and respect.” 

The menopause is often a ‘taboo’ subject at work, despite symptoms that can be debilitating. Research shows that 10% of women leave their jobs, and many reduce their hours or pass up promotions because of their symptoms. 

Greg adds, “The aviation industry is still very much a male-dominated environment, but that doesn’t mean that women’s issues should fall on the backburner. We hope that educating our team about the menopause will encourage and normalise more open conversations so that we can support more female staff that may be struggling with symptoms.” 

Air Partner Group has also introduced Mental Health First Aider Training to raise awareness and reduce stigma around mental ill health, boost confidence in dealing with issues and promote early intervention which enables recovery. With resignations continuing to roll in at record rates, more organisations will undoubtedly follow suit and ensure employee wellbeing is placed at the top of their agenda. 

About Air Partner Group, a Wheels Up Company    

Founded in 1961, Air Partner Group is a world-leading international aviation services group providing aircraft charter, aviation safety and security solutions, and managed services to industry, commerce, governments, and private individuals, as well as civil and military organisations.     

The Air Partner Group has two divisions: Air Partner Charter and Air Partner Services (previously Safety & Security). Air Partner Charter comprises of group charter, private jets, freight, and specialist services. Group Charter charters large airliners to move groups of any size. Private Jets offers the Company’s unique pre-paid JetCard scheme and on-demand charter for up to 19 people. Freight charters aircraft of every size to fly almost any cargo anywhere, at any time.    

Air Partner Services comprises Baines Simmons, Redline Assured Security Ltd, Air Partner CHS, Kenyon International Emergency Services, and Managed Services. Baines Simmons offers aviation safety management and fatigue risk management. Redline Assured Security delivers government-standard security training, consultancy, and solutions to regulated, high value and high threat environments. Kenyon International Emergency Services is a world leader in emergency planning and incident response. Air Partner CHS specialises in conditioning monitoring solutions that predict and prevent the failure of electromechanical systems.    

Air Partner works with Climate and Development experts ClimateCare, to allow clients to offset carbon emissions in support of projects that not only cut carbon but also alleviate poverty and improve lives.   

Air Partner Limited is a Wheels Up company, the leading provider of on-demand private aviation in the U.S. and one of the largest private aviation companies in the world. Wheels Up is headquartered in New York City and operates in 25 locations across three continents and employs 2,700 professionals globally. Air Partner Group is ISO 9001:2015 compliant for commercial airline and private jet solutions worldwide. More information is available on the company’s website (www.airpartnergroup.com)  

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