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Wellbeing Wednesday 25 August 2021

Jane Fowler
Jane Fowler - Head of Customer Support Services

Hello and happy Wednesday everyone. I’ve taken advantage of the nice weather to have a ‘walking meeting’ this morning – I would highly recommend it (covid safe of course!). The last few days of sunshine have taken us right back into summer this week, which is just lovely. This week our Wellbeing Wednesday is focusing on the support that is available for colleagues who are dealing with the long term condition, arthritis. As you will see, there are lots of options for support available and the wellbeing team will be able to talk any issues or concerns you have about living with arthritis. Also if you are a manager who is looking for guidance on how to support one of your team members who has arthritis, the team are here for you as well.

We are always keen to hear from you about your experiences of and thoughts on wellbeing at work. You will remember that we held a wellbeing survey last year, which gave us a wealth of information on the areas that you thought we should be focussing on to improve your workplace wellbeing. A year is a long time, particularly in the midst of a pandemic, so we are launching another wellbeing survey today to hear from you. We will use the results to make sure that we are providing the support that you need. Please fill it in, share it and encourage your colleagues as well. We want to hear from you.

Take care all and see you next week.

Managing Arthritis at Work

Arthritis is a common condition that causes joint pain and inflammation. In the UK, more than 10 million people have arthritis or other, similar conditions that affect the joints. Arthritis affects people of all ages, including children and can occur as a result of an injury or be associated with other joint-related conditions.

Symptoms may vary from day to day and can make it difficult for some people to understand. If you want to, being open with colleagues about your condition might help. Knowing that you have understanding and caring people around you at work who you can talk to if you’re having a bad day can be a good support mechanism.

In addition to the pain workshop featured last week, Versus Arthritis have provided access to a number of resources aimed at helping people to manage Arthritis and its impact on their life. These may be of interest to you if you have the condition yourself or know someone that does. 

Exercising with Arthritis Find out more about what type of exercises are beneficial for certain conditions and try out back, neck, knee and foot exercises to help you manage pain.

Let’s Move with Leon A weekly e-mail programme of 30-minute movement sessions, designed and presented by fitness and exercise expert Leon Wormley who specialises in working with people with arthritis and related conditions.  You don’t need any special gear and there’s no cost.   

Keep yourself healthy when working from home. Read more about finding a work life balance by staying connected, keeping moving, and eating a healthy balanced diet.

Versus Arthritis Scotland also have an Argyll and Bute branch you can contact to receive support and find out about local events. You can find out more here.

You may also want to consider whether any of the following supports can help you at work:

Display screen equipment and workstation assessment

Occupational Health Referral – arrange to have a discussion with your manager if you feel that you might benefit from additional advice on how your condition can be supported at work.

Employee Assistance Programme – Health Assured can offer a range of programmes and counselling support to help you with managing your condition. You can access their portal here or download the My Healthy Advantage app.

Employee Benefits Scheme - update

We’ve had lots of queries following our recent cycling to work feature and the cycle to work scheme that is included in the recently launched Employee Benefits Scheme.

It’s great news to hear that the benefits scheme is now also available to employees on SNCT – Teachers contracts.

You can find more information on all the services available on the Employee Website.

Wellbeing Survey

To keep us on the right track in supporting you and your wellbeing at work, we want to keep hearing your views. It is a while since we last asked you about your wellbeing and we are releasing a further survey today.

We really want to learn more about your thoughts on wellbeing at work.  Please take the opportunity to let us know what you think and what we can do to support you.

Your views will help to improve our Wellbeing Wednesday, but also to inform the other wellbeing initiatives that the team work on – from reviewing and revising policies and procedures to supporting employees and managers with wellbeing related matters. 

Please take a few minutes to complete the latest survey by 15 September. You can access the survey here.

Please also let us know your thoughts and ideas about the items featured in our Wellbeing Wednesdays each week and send us your suggestions for future topics – we love to hear from you and want to make sure that our content reflects that.

The Wellbeing Team:  wellbeing@argyll-bute.gov.uk

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