Occupational Health and wellbeing for University staff
Reporting findings of the 4th national survey of the HE sector. There is evidence that wellbeing in the university sector is poor and the support available in institutions is varied and fragmented. There is quite rightly a focus on improving student wellbeing, but little attention is given to the needs of staff. We recommend there should be a formal requirement for universities to report their investment in staff health and wellbeing – this could encompass OH spend, stress management training, return to work support etc. as well as investment in risk assessments such as stress and wellbeing audits. Guidance could be provided on developing a multi-level wellbeing strategy with staff involvement, intervention planning and implementation and review. Given the reliance on league tables in the sector, should the spend on staff wellbeing be a criterion?
Chair – Nicola Neath. Chair, Mental health sub group – Council for Work and Health
Speaker - Dr. Gail Kinman, CPsychol FBPsS FAcSS FHEA Visiting Professor of Occupational Health Psychology
Discussion (tbc) with Dr Ali Hashtroudi
How to develop a health and wellbeing strategy that takes the needs of all types of staff into account.
- What is good practice and effective interventions e.g. in terms of a multilevel approach taking a primary, secondary and tertiary approach?
- What is the role of HR/Occupational Health/EAP?
- Is flexibility and collegiality enough to help staff meet the huge demands they face?
- How can those on zero hours contracts be supported?
- Have HEIs have spent more time and effort keeping students happy than worrying about their staff?
- What are the barriers to access mental health services?
- What are policies that need to be put in place constructively and the process to put in place when things are not OK.
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