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SOME of Scotland’s biggest hitters in the business world have acknowledged the important role WPCS plays in helping boost productivity across the country.

Despite doom and gloom over retail figures and the current squeeze on public spending, CBI Scotland and the STUC are convinced of the benefits that WPCS brings to bosses and workers in both the private and public sector.

Research by the Confederation of British Industry (CBI) Scotland, shows that a pro-active approach to staff well-being has a positive effect on not only morale and absence rates, but productivity.

Iain McMillan, director of CBI Scotland says: “WPCS is very important to business and the wellbeing of our employees.  CBI Scotland cares deeply about the importance of good mental health in the workplace. Although we often think of mental health issues as being clinical in nature, care can also take the form of spiritual help and guidance too.  That is one of the reasons why I have been a trustee of the Industrial Mission Trust, WPCS’ sister organisation, for twelve years and Chairman for four years.”  He believes now is the right time for WPCS to be working in Scottish business and says that CBI Scotland will continue to be involved with and support WPCS into the future.

Scottish Trades Union Congress (STUC) general secretary Grahame Smith sees the value of having chaplains in the business environment, both in helping trade union representatives mediate and – in the case of non-unionised organisations – in providing free, professional, confidential and objective advice.

“We appreciate and welcome the benefits of having a resource like WPCS,” he says.  “Quite clearly, trade unions have a role to play and do play that effectively and Work Place Chaplains do help.  A lot of companies provide mediation, but they provide that at a cost and if it’s being provided by an employer, though it might be independent, it is not necessarily perceived by the employee as an independent service.  Work place chaplains, because of the nature of the role they carry out and the part they play in the wider churches, are seen as people who will not pull the wool over anyone’s eyes and not charge a fortune.  In particular, if a company is non-unionised, chaplains provide employees with access to independent professional advice.

“At times of tragedy especially, chaplains play an important role.  Trades Unions are experienced in promoting workers’ rights, but sometimes incidents happen – such as Piper Alpha or Stockline (plastics factory fire) – that perhaps require intervention beyond the capabilities of a TU steward.”

Some 1500 outlets: from shopping centres like Braehead in Paisley, to Union Square in Aberdeen, local authorities like Dundee City Council, the Scottish Fire & Rescue Service and retail giants like Boots, John Lewis and Asda use WPCS.  A Boots UK spokesperson emphasised the importance to the national company of the workforce’s wellbeing.  “When we were approached by WPCS to offer this additional support to our colleagues we were keen to get involved.  The service has been beneficial to the team, particularly those suffering bereavement and has offered great support and advice.”

Braehead in Paisley is one of the country’s biggest shopping centres with over 100 stores.  During their visits chaplains walk around the malls meeting and speaking to both staff and members of the public.  Braehead’s marketing manager, Lydia Brown says “The chaplaincy is an additional and valuable support for people.  Chaplains have a non-denominational role at Braehead and people of any religion – or none – can speak to them.  The welfare of our staff is very important to us and we want to do as much as possible to help them.”

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