Help your employees stay mentally and physically well during and beyond the coronavirus outbreak
Changing working conditions, societal, economic and environmental factors can all have a huge impact on your employees’ mental health, and in turn, significantly impact performance and productivity. The West of England Combined Authority recognises the effect that the COVID-19 pandemic has had on businesses and their people and has developed the Thrive at Work West of England programme in response.
Make a genuine, long-term impact on your staff's wellbeing by signing the Mental health at Work Commitment today. Join hundreds of businesses who have made a positive change.
You can also implement the Mental Health at Work Standards - a simple framework and set of 6 standards that any business can follow to improve and support the mental health of your people.
Complete our e-Learning module and equip yourself with the confidence and skills to have supportive conversations with your direct reports about mental health and wellbeing. And then you and your staff can start using Wellness Action Plans.
'This course has been funded by WECA to support SMEs of 0-250 staff.
Wellness Actions Plans (WAPs) are an easy, practical way of helping your colleagues and direct reports to support their own mental health at work. Click through to our guides and templates.
This training gives you a better understanding of the signs to look out for and skills are required to approach someone you think is struggling. Take it today, it can take as little as 5 minutes and you could save a life.
Mental Health at Work provides lots of resources and tools, including support for line managers, colleagues and staff, ideas on how to improve workplace culture and help to develop policy and practice.
‘How to’ guides for workplace mental health and wellbeing, shared by local employers. This section includes a framework for a health and wellbeing policy and examples of interventions to support mental health in the workplace.
Here you'll get guidance for having safe and supportive conversations, how to start a conversation about mental health and suggestions that help you demonstrate appreciation for your staff.
The Happiness Pulse helps you measure, understand and improve wellbeing with a simple online survey. It's a practical wellbeing measurement for thriving people, teams, organisations, communities.
South Gloucestershire Council has produced an on-demand webinar about building resilience. Click to view the slides and listen here.
Thrive at Work West of England survey
We're encouraging SMEs to take our survey to help us understand what mental health in the workplace looks like across our region. Help us build a better picture by completing our questions.
You can access the survey through this clickable link.
Maintaining mental wellbeing
A change in routine and being forced to work in isolation during these unprecedented times can have a negative impact on mental wellbeing. Support and guidance for supporting your employees’ mental wellbeing is available here, or visit these resources:
- Click through to the Mental Health Foundation which has information on how you can support yourself and colleagues.
- Mind has published some useful advice and guidance available here suggesting some simple things individuals can do to look after their mental health and wellbeing at this time.
- Visit the Health and Safety Executive Guidance on working from home
- The Chartered Society of Physiotherapy has produced a list of great desk-based exercises which you can find on this live link.
- You can also find information on supporting your staff to stay active here. Visit the NHS One You website for home exercises and an app to download for advice on physical activity and healthy lifestyles.