Wellbeing and employee development following takeover

Having been acquired by Comcast in September, along with the appointment of a new Group HR Director in August, the business will be undergoing some major changes in 2019. We predict wide-ranging reviews of its current suppliers and programmes, presenting the perfect opportunity for prospective providers to get on the radar and influence HR spend. It will have already been investing in internal comms to ensure employees remain focused and motivated during the uncertainty surrounding the takeover and will have been using its internal channel Today@Sky to get key information across.

Wellbeing: The media giant has invested in a number of wellbeing programmes this year as part of its Work.Life.Better initiative. On World Mental Health Day it partnered with Frazzled Café to launch a programme of fortnightly meetings for its 7,500 Osterley-based staff, giving them the chance to come together and share their personal experiences. Other investments include the Live Well programme, helping employees make healthy food choices, and Project Wellness, bringing in a monthly speaker on all aspects of financial, physical and mental wellbeing.

Employee development: Leadership training and career progression are other priorities for the business and it recently consolidated its training programmes into one online portal, the “Development Studio”. This portal gives employees 24/7 access to training courses, books, downloads and video content. In the longer-term the company is interested in digital learning modules and the development of innovative training schemes, incorporating technologies like AR and gamification.

Revenue: £12.91bn

Number of employees: 31,300

Financial year end: June 30

New appointments this year:

Group HR Director - Richard Thurston

Other key contacts:

Director for People – Deborah Baker

Head of Internal Communications – Kathryn Andrews

Group HR Operations Director – Patrick Flannighan