Health and Wellbeing

We’re committed to being a great place to work and helping our communities make positive changes. As a business, we recognise the importance of integrating health and wellbeing into day to day activities to create a positive and healthy working environment for all of our colleagues.

We know that a healthier and happier workforce helps keep colleagues motivated.

We aim to create and maintain an environment that promotes healthy lifestyles where potential risks are recognised and managed.

Health and Wellbeing

As part of our ongoing focus on health and wellbeing, we currently have 22 Health and Wellbeing Advocates across our business who continuously engage with our colleagues through various health and wellbeing campaigns.

Their recent efforts have supported us in being awarded Bronze Better Health at Work Award status in 2020. This is a fantastic start to our Health and Wellbeing journey and we’re looking to progress to the next stage, the Silver Award!

Here's a snapshot of what our fantastic advocates got up to in 2020:

 

2020 has also been a busy year for health and wellbeing and we’ve delivered several campaigns around healthy habits, Covid specific materials, financial wellbeing and mental health. As well as campaigns, we’ve developed a number of resources for our colleagues covering a range of related topics.

We also recognise the importance of supporting each other during the difficult times that we’re facing. That’s why we have created an abundance of working from home support and training sessions to help our colleagues. We also have an online Health and Wellbeing community where our colleagues share their hints, tips and experiences with maintaining positive wellbeing at this time. Take a look at what our colleagues have been up to and find out more about how we are supporting our colleagues during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Mental Health

We all have mental health, just as we have physical health. How we feel can vary from good mental wellbeing, to difficult feelings. To support our colleagues' mental wellbeing we have 18 trained mental health first aiders in our business. As well as supporting our colleagues on a 1-1 confidential basis, our first aiders develop resources and campaigns for our colleagues. Some of the key topics they have worked on so far include:

  • 'Supporting Your Mental Health'
  • Mental Health First Aiders
  • Employee Assistance Programme
  • Line Manager Resources
  • Domestic Abuse
  • Men's Mental Health
  • Self Care
  • Caring for Others

Supporting our Line Managers

All of our line managers have taken part in specific Mental Health training to enable them to support our colleagues across the business and to help them take care of themselves when dealing with difficult situations. In addition we run sessions on Managing Absence and Wellbeing to further equip managers to be able to support our colleague’s health and wellbeing.

External Support for our Colleagues

Alongside the resources and support available within the Society, colleagues and those they live with also have access to our Employee Assistance Programme (EAP) which is operated by MetLife. Any information or conversations with our EAP will always remain confidential and a lot of the services are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week so no matter what time of day our colleagues would like some support, there will always be someone there to talk to.

Our Employee Assistance Programme offers a number of support mechanisms for our colleagues on topics such as Mental Wellbeing, Financial Wellbeing and Physical Wellbeing.

Health and Wellbeing Benefits

Our colleagues also have access to a number of benefits which relate to promoting positive health and wellbeing. These include; free fruit Mondays, free yoga sessions, free gym at our Cobalt site, subsidised local gym memberships, EAP support, bereavement counselling, life insurance, Group Income Protection and private healthcare (subject to grade).

We know thinking about joining a new team is a big decision and we hope this information on what we can offer around health and wellbeing helps you as you work out what is right for you!