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Employee wellbeing

In addition to our statutory duty of care to our employees to provide a safe and healthy working environment, we are committed to enhancing the health of our people; minimising the risk of them becoming ill, supporting staff through rehabilitation when they are ill and improving employee retention.

A healthy workforce will allow us to gain from the potential of our people and increase our capacity to deliver excellent service to our customers.

The Council has a Wellbeing in the Workplace Strategy to encourage a culture where people are "happy, healthy and here" and this way of working specifically addresses the following three priorities:

  1. Promote and support employee wellbeing initiatives to ensure people are healthy, safe and happy in the workplace;
  2. Minimise employee sickness absence and the impact this has on the performance of Services as well as the physical and/or mental health of the individual; and
  3. Ensure all employees have access to and receive the assistance they require to achieve a positive working environment at the Council. 

A Project Team consisting of Wellbeing Champions for all the Council's Service areas is responsible for promoting wellbeing initiatives throughout the organisation and these activities come under the headings:

  • Getting Active
  • Healthy Eating
  • Mental Health and Physical Wellbeing
  • Smoking Cessation
  • Drugs and Alcohol Awareness

This wellbeing strategy has the full support of the Council's Senior Management Team and offers employees access to beneficial interventions that enable them to improve their wellbeing, both when at work and also in their personal lives.

Employee Assistance Programme

Our Employee Assistance Programme is provided by independent experts in employee support services and the information you receive will be accurate and confidential.

This gives you access to personal support and advice using a website or by speaking to a qualified professional about wellbeing, family matters, relationships, debt management, workplace issues, consumer rights and much more.