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We want all of our employees to be their best selves and able to thrive at work in a positive, welcoming culture and environment that supports good physical/mental health and wellbeing.

Click here to read more about Our Employee Health and wellbeing Strategy for the Council.

Our Employee Health & Wellbeing Strategy recognises that physical and mental health are equally important and we have a range of activities, initiatives and options in place to help our employees prevent ill-health and maintain good physical and mental health at work.  We also recognise that ‘good work’ is important for wellbeing and aim to make working at the Council a positive and fulfilling experience for all.

As a Disability Confident Employer we support disabled people to thrive and progress in work and will make workplace adjustments including the provision of aids, adaptations, flexible working options and equipment to enable disabled employees to perform their role. 

Employee Assistance Programme (EAP)

The EAP is a 24/7, free and confidential support service for all employees and their immediate family.  The EAP provides immediate access to, but is not limited to, the following:

  • Counselling, over the telephone and face to face;
  • Financial advice, including debt support;
  • Legal advice e.g. consumer issues, motoring etc;
  • Family advice e.g. divorce, safeguarding, custody arrangements etc;
  • Medical advice, from highly qualified nurses and practitioners.

The EAP also provides general advice about work life balance, physical and emotional health and nutrition etc. which can be accessed via a health portal on your PC or smartphone and is available to you and your immediate family.

Occupational Health

Your manager will also have access to high quality occupational health advice, if required, to support you in your role. Managers can make fast-track counselling and physiotherapy referrals to support employees to get the support they need as quickly as possible.

Discounted Gym Membership

Employees can take advantage of discounted rates on 6 and 12 month gym memberships at one of nine leisure centres across the city. There are three different membership options from as little as £11.99 per month, and monthly payments can be taken directly from your salary.

Carers Support

The City Council has a number of measures in place to support employees who have caring responsibilities to have flexibility when needed, to balance these responsibilities with work. We have a range of policies and guidance to support both working carers and their managers. We also have a Carers Passport, a document that can facilitate a discussion with your manager about your caring responsibilities, how this may impact you in your role, and the support agreed to help you to continue your valuable work as a carer. In addition, we have a virtual Carers Network, where working carers can find peer support, as well as information and local events relevant to carers.  

Employee Groups

Get involved with other employees by joining one of our employee groups in a range of activities which support good physical and mental wellbeing. Current groups include a social group, circuit training, running groups, yoga, Pilates, choirs, crochet groups; or develop and start one yourself!

Campaigns

The City Council connect with significant national health campaigns. This encourages a tolerant and well-informed atmosphere at work. We have supported campaigns such as ‘This Is Me’, which aims to encourage more open discussion of mental health in the workplace; you can watch videos of some of our own colleagues discussing their mental health experiences and the support they have received from the City Council.

Training

The City Council offers a range of learning and development opportunities which promote positive health and wellbeing. We have a package of e-learning modules covering topics such as health and safety, managing stress, and building resilience. We also regularly offer bite-size mental health resilience training sessions, and mental health awareness is a mandatory component of our management and leadership development programmes.