Wunderman Thompson UK Collaborates with The Worst Girl Gang Ever for Employee Baby Loss Support
The agency revealed the support platform as a founding partner for new health initiative, Project 65
09 October 2023
Wunderman Thompson UK and baby loss support platform, The Worst Girl Gang Ever, have joined forces to offer a new support package to any employee affected by baby loss.
Studies show that 25% of employees trying to have a child will experience baby loss or miscarriage, but it’s a sad reality that many will suffer in silence or not speak to their workplace. Out of those who chose to disclose their loss at work, 69% say their employer didn’t know how to support them.
The Worst Girl Gang Ever is a platform encompassing manager training, taboo-busting webinars, an award-winning podcast series and a community platform. Launched by Bex Gunn and Laura Buckingham in 2020, following their own personal experiences, the platform aims to make sure that no other parent has to navigate the experience of losing their baby alone.
The partnership will sit alongside Wunderman Thompson’s evolved Life Policies, which offer any employee, regardless of length of service, a guaranteed two weeks of paid time off to recover following a miscarriage. This applies to both the childbearing parent, their partner, or those who have conceived through a surrogate.
The agency will also offer a three-month subscription to The Worst Girl Gang Ever’s membership platform, the Warriorship, to every employee who experiences baby loss, whether directly or with their partner. The Warriorship is a community that offers members access to a wide range of emotional tools, live events, creative therapies, recovery courses and actionable advice. Support on the platform covers every stage; from early grief, to trying to conceive after loss, pregnancy after loss, parenting after loss, and the decision to end your fertility journey.
The new partnership will become an integral part of the agency’s existing initiatives including ‘Four Walls’. Founded by RISE, Wunderman Thompson’s women’s network, ‘Four Wall’s provides employees with a safe space to discuss often sensitive topics. The agency will also be expanding the support available through their award-winning mentoring platform, Magpie, to give people access to peer-to-peer support as they return to work following a miscarriage.
“We are passionate about changing the way that support looks for people going through the devastating experience of miscarriage and baby loss” said Bex Gunn & Laura Buckingham. “We are delighted to be partnering with Wunderman Thompson to help offer effective and authentic support to their employees.”
Paula Joannou, Chief People Officer at Wunderman Thompson UK, adds: “A third of our life is spent at work, yet we don’t switch off life when we come to work, it happens around us. We’re thrilled to be joining forces with The Worst Girl Gang Ever to offer a rounded support package to those facing baby loss. We can’t fix the problem, but we hope to make an awful life experience a little bit more bearable, giving our employees the peace of mind that Wunderman Thompson is there to help them through it.”
The partnership marks the launch of Wunderman Thompson’s ‘Project 65’, a truly inclusive health offering that supports everyone at the agency to be their whole self, for the whole of their career at the agency. Project 65 is led by RISE, Wunderman Thompson’s women’s network, but will offer support to any employee across a number of mental and physical health pillars including fertility, the menopause and menstrual health. The project was inspired by a government survey which revealed that 65% of women feel uncomfortable talking about health issues in the workplace, an issue that affects both women and men at all levels of seniority.
Wunderman Thompson’s office in Camden, Greater London House, will also join landmarks across the UK in lighting up in pink and blue, in support of Baby Loss Awareness Week.