We are committed to fostering a positive working environment that promotes and protects the physical and mental wellbeing of its staff. The capability, capacity and wellbeing of our people is the college’s first cornerstone of success. 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.
Mental Health and Wellbeing
Positively managing mental health underpins good employee engagement and benefits everyone – employees, employers and the bottom line. Every employer’s success depends on a healthy and productive workforce, and if employees feel valued and supported they’ll achieve more.
Lincoln College have a variety of initiatives in place to support our employees’ mental health and wellbeing.
- Mental Health and Wellbeing Strategy Staff and Students
- Mental Health First Aiders
- Mental Health and Wellbeing Toolkit for Line Managers
- Employee Assistance Programme
- Mindful Employer
- AoC Charter
Mental Health and Wellbeing Strategy Staff and Students
Our Mental Health and Wellbeing Strategy is in place to support both staff and students. The vision of the strategy is to have an extraordinary whole-organisational approach to the Mental Health and Wellbeing of all Lincoln College staff and students. Our leadership, policies and procedures seek to minimise the triggers for poor mental health, promote wellbeing and equip our College community to build confidence, resilience and knowledge, enabling them to be mentally healthy and exceptionally well prepared for work. The mental health and wellbeing strategy is supported by an action plan, which is monitored by the Mental Health and Wellbeing Strategy Group.
Mental Health First Aiders(MHFA’s)
One of the key strategic aims of the college’s Mental Health and Wellbeing Strategy - Staff and Students was to achieve a cohort of Mental Health First Aiders (MHFAs) that support both staff and students. The MHFA scheme was first launched during the summer of 2019 and we now have an incredible 72 MHFA’s
The role of a MHFA is to be a point of contact for an employee or student who is experiencing a mental health issue or emotional distress. This interaction could range from having an initial conversation through to supporting the person to get appropriate help. As well as in a crisis, MHFAs are valuable in providing early intervention help for someone who may be developing a mental health issue.
Our MHFAs are not trained to be therapists or psychiatrists but they can offer initial support through non-judgemental listening and guidance.
Mental Health and Wellbeing Toolkit for Manager
We have a dedicated Mental Health and Wellbeing toolkit (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.
The toolkit incorporates Wellness Actions Plans (WAPs) and supports the core standards of the Lincoln College Mental Health and Wellbeing Strategy - Staff and Students by:
- Promoting good mental health of all staff and an open organisational culture.
- Developing mental health awareness among staff by making information, tools and support accessible.
- Encouraging open conversations about mental health and the support available when staff are struggling and provides advice to managers on offering appropriate workplace adjustments to staff who require them.
- Promoting effective people management to ensure all staff have a regular conversation about their health and wellbeing with their line manager/supervisor and support line managers and supervisors in effective management practices.
- Routinely monitoring employee mental health and wellbeing by understanding available data, talking to staff, and understanding risk factors.
Aims of our Employee Assistance Programme
- To develop comprehensive and co-ordinated support and assistance mechanisms for all employees.
- To ensure that all employees of Lincoln College are aware of the availability and scope of the college’s Employee Assistance Programme.
- To ensure that those staff involved in the provision of the Employee Assistance Programme services are seen by employees, unions and management to be both confidential and impartial.
- To provide specialist skills and knowledge through appropriate staff. To arrange for referral to specialist providers as and when necessary.
- To identify and assist in the solution of problems, thereby reducing absenteeism and improving morale.
- To help managers with their basic responsibilities for the welfare of their employees providing confidential assistance, training, advice and guidance, where appropriate.
- To alleviate anxiety in respect of problems which employees may encounter both inside and outside the working environment, through arrangements for help and advice.
View our Employee Assistance Programme for more information
Lincoln College are among the hundreds of employers who are signatories to the Charter for Employers who are Positive About Mental Health.
The Charter is just one part of the MINDFUL EMPLOYER® initiative and over 1,800 employers have been signatories at some point since the initiative began in 2004. The Charter is a voluntary commitment. It's not an accreditation, award or a set of quality standards but is about working towards the principles of it – signing up is a step along a journey not the end of it.
The Mindful Employer Charter is for employers who are positive about mental health.
View our Mindful Employer Certificate to find out more about our commitment to mental health
AoC Mental Health and Wellbeing Charter
We recognise that our college has a responsibility to create an environment that promotes and proactively supports staff and student wellbeing. That is why during Mental Health Week 2019 we reaffirmed our commitment to staff and students by signing up to a brand new national Mental Health and Wellbeing Charter, created by the Association of Colleges, in conjunction with mental health experts.
The 11-point document includes commitments to:
- Promoting equality of opportunity and challenging mental health stigma;
- Providing appropriate mental health training for staff;
- Providing targeted individual mental health support where appropriate.
If you have any queries or would like any further information regarding our Mental Health and Wellbeing initiatives, then please contact:
Claire O’Hara (Head of HR) via email CO’Hara@lincolncollege.ac.uk or connect with Claire on LinkedIn – https://www.linkedin.com/in/claire-o-hara-b04a922b/
Health and Wellbeing Calendar of Events
Health and Wellbeing Initiatives
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 – Our last Employee Wellbeing Survey was conducted in February 2020.
- 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 calendar of health and wellbeing events, activities and supportive information.
- Exceptional Communication – A dedicated page on Employee Workplace, which is used to promote ﬁtness and wellbeing initiatives.
- Promotion of college policies and factsheets available to staff, providing useful support, contacts and information.
- Dedicated Mental Health and Wellbeing Strategy Group to ensure the implementation of the Mental Health and Wellbeing Action Plan.
- Health and Wellbeing as a ﬁxed agenda item on all team meetings.
- Cross College Health and Wellbeing Champions to feedback staff ideas
- Special Leave of Absence Policy, which supports staff with additional time off to deal with personal or urgent issues.
- Work-Life Balance Policy which promotes ﬂexible working options for all staff.
- 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.
Download our Health and Wellbeing Calendar of Events for 2019/20 to see some of the events that we have taken part in this year.
Happy to Talk Flexible Working
At Lincoln College we recognise that work/life balance isn’t just about families, childcare, eldercare and working less; it is also about working ‘smart’, having control and flexibility over when, where and how you work and being fresh enough to enjoy both your work and home life.
We recognise that there are tangible benefits from supporting flexible working practices, implementing family friendly initiatives and assisting employees to achieve a balance in their work commitments and their life outside of work.
Benefits of flexible working:
- Promote a more inclusive culture
- Attract a wider pool of talent and increase in job applications
- Support employee wellbeing and reduce staff absence
- Improved communication, accountability, trust, engagement and productivity – all skills that come with a health flexible working culture.
Too few jobs are being advertised as suitable for flexible working, restricting the talent pool from which employers can recruit.
What have we done to improve this?
- We are ‘happy to talk flexible working’ and encourage our line managers to consider how a role can be done flexibly from the start.
- We promote a culture of trust and encourage our managers to focus on output rather than input - Flexible working is incredibly important for a company because at its heart is an expression of trust for your workforce and people who are trusted perform better for you.
- We ensure that our family friendly policies are available to all employees.
- Our academic staff are able to work from home for up to 4 hrs per week.
- Our academic staff also have the ability to work from home during the period that falls between Christmas and New Year each year assuming that the college opens in that period i.e. the end of the autumn term and the beginning of the spring term.
- Our support staff have access to a flexible working hour’s scheme.
- We also encourage informal arrangements for staff support – for example, the ability to work from home when completing a project, report etc
If you have any queries or would like any further information regarding our Flexible Working practices, then please contact: