Therefore, a variety of health and wellbeing and mental health and wellbeing policies, benefits and initiatives are in place, which make every effort to address employees’ health and wellbeing needs.
- Having a structured surveying of staff, analysis and communication.
- Ensuring compulsory workforce development to enable staff to identify and be aware of both their own and others health, including mental health awareness and stress management training.
- Implementing and advertising an annual People Services Calendar of Health and Wellbeing events, activities and supportive information. The 2023-24 People Services Calendar of Events includes promotion of awareness days such as Time to Talk Day, Race Equality Week, National Employee Appreciation Day, Neurodiversity Celebration Week and World Cancer Day. Throughout January the People Services team plan a month-long calendar of promotions and events to ‘Reboot’ staff for the new year. Each week of Reboot focuses on a different theme – Healthy Body, Healthy Mind, Healthy Finances etc. During January 2024 staff have had a number of ‘freebies’ such as free fruit Wednesdays and free acupuncture treatments. For ‘Blue Monday’ staff were encouraged to participate in the Samaritans Brew Monday event. To encourage staff to take some time out over a ‘cuppa’, the People Services team delivered a ‘brew box’ consisting of tea, coffee, milk, biscuits and hot chocolate to each team across the College. In addition, staff have had access to free exercise classes through Deans, Menopause Cafés, Menucation, complementary medicine treatment and advice, free health and beauty treatments and promotional events via Live Like Loyalty, Salary Finance, Octopus and Payroll Giving.
- The People Services Calendar of Events also comprises of monthly reward and recognition competitions and prize giveaways to staff which have included National Trust Memberships, Lincoln City Hospitality Tickets, FitBits, Sleep Hampers, Cadbury Christmas Hamper, £50 voucher for the Old Bakery, Driving Experience for 2, Cooking Books and Mindfulness Colouring books. Coming up in February 2024, to recognise Random Acts of Kindness Day, the People Services team will be giving away small prizes to staff at random throughout the month. Prizes include £5 vouchers for lunch at Cornerhouse, free hair and beauty treatments, free complementary medicine treatment and numerous prizes to recognise staff and support their wellbeing.
- Promotion of college policies and factsheets available to staff, providing useful support, contacts and information.
- Health and Wellbeing as a ﬁxed agenda item on all team meetings.
- Special Leave of Absence Policy, which supports staff with additional time off to deal with personal or urgent issues.
- Flexible Ways of Working Policy which promotes ﬂexible working options for all staff from day one of employment.
- Comprehensive Employee Assistance Programme (EAP) including free access to telephone counselling services.
- Mental Health and Wellbeing Toolkit for Managers (which brings together a variety of mental health related resources from organisation such as Mind, Remploy, Mindful Employer and CIPD) and is designed to support managers to promote wellbeing for all staff, tackle the cause of work-related mental health problems and support staff who are experiencing mental health problems.
- Menopause Employee Support – As part of World Menopause Day 2021, Lincoln College signed the Wellbeing of Women Workplace Menopause Pledge and have continued to encourage staff to talk about and raise awareness of the menopause. Coping with menopausal symptoms at work can be tough and some women are, understandably, reluctant or even afraid to talk to their employer about it. With around 3.5 million women aged between 15 and 65 years currently in employment in the UK, women now represent nearly a half of the UK labour force. That surely makes menopause mainstream and as important as any other occupational health issue. We therefore aim to raise awareness of the menopause and ensure that all staff feel supported at work. Our staff have access to a range of support and advice via The Lincoln College Group Menopause Support Hub. Staff experiencing menopause are able to get together with other employees through monthly Menopause Cafes, which are supported by Workplace Menopause Champions.