Covid-19 - Work & Wellbeing
Work and Health
There are strong links between good health and work. Being out of work can lower self-esteem and confidence. Your health can also have a direct impact on how well you do your job. If you are feeling happy and healthy you will work better than if you are feeling stressed or unwell and this will help create a better work / life balance.
Take a look at the infographic from Public Health England below outlining the time lost due to sickness absence at work.
Surveys estimate that over a lifetime the average fulltime worker spends about 90,000 hours at work, so it makes sense to think carefully about what we do, where we work and who we work with. Those 90,000 hours represent about 1/3 of our total lifetime and therefore will have a significant impact on our health and wellbeing.
Work is good for us and our wellbeing - it brings structure to our lives and a sense of purpose and achievement. It is often a source of social support and presents us with new challenges to keep us on our toes.
Moreover, being out of work can be a negative experience, impacting on our physical and mental wellbeing, lowering self-esteem, motivation and confidence.
Everyone’s personal experience of work will be different as there is so much variation out there, and sometimes things don’t work out as we would wish them to.
Things feel good when work and home life are in balance, but sometimes the balance can tip, and we find ourselves too consumed with work or homelife to prioritise anything else.
The coping strategies we use when our lives feel out of balance can be a mixture of healthy and unhealthy. Workplaces can be hugely supportive, positive and motivating in helping us choose healthy ways to manage our lives. Access to education and training, healthcare cover, social/leisure opportunities can be a bonus but the culture and management practices of our workplace, bullying or intimidating workstyles, big workloads and lack of support can be harmful.
How can the Wellbeing team help?
We are continuing to provide a range of free wellbeing support during Covid-19 for individuals, teams and workplaces - online or via telephone - to maintain healthy lifestyles and indentify factors which may impact on physical and mental wellbeing:
My Wellbeing Check
When was the last time someone asked how YOU are feeling? Our wellbeing adviser will help you to find the motivation to make simple, low-cost changes to improve the wellbeing of your organisation and staff this lockdown.
We provide FREE and confidential 30-minute health checks for you and your staff, via Microsoft Teams or telephone, covering a range of health and wellbeing topics, with regular and continued support.
If you think that your workplace would find this valuable, then please contact our Workplace Wellbeing Adviser via email or calling on 01903 737865.
Alternatively, if you are an individual requesting support for yourself and have been granted time for an appointment by your employer as part of your organisation's staff welfare arrangements, then head to our contact us page to fill out a secure self-referral form.
NHS Health Check - coming soon
Suspended service at the moment due to Covid-19.
Team meeting presentations
To raise the broad issue of Wellbeing and explore interests and ideas.
Topic-based awareness sessions
One-to-one appointments covering topics such as weight management, healthy eating (can be more specific e.g. Mood and Food), physical activity, alcohol awareness, smoking and vaping.
One-to-one appointments covering lifestyle topics such as menopause, sleep, managing a diagnosis (pre-diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol), managing stress and building resilience.
Home energy advice and support
Living in a cold or damp home is not healthy. Our Home Energy Adviser is here to provide expert advice (and a home visit when allowed). We can explore options including a review of your current energy tariff, simple measures you can take to improve your energy use and access to grants for insulation, boilers and more.
To find out more information please email our Workplace Wellbeing Coordinator or call 01903 737865.