As part of making the IPO a brilliant place to work, our strategy commits us to support the physical and mental wellbeing of our people across all our activities. We maintain a wellbeing roadmap which outlines the campaigns that we will get involved in during the year.
Highlights from this year include the following activities:
Setting up a Physical and Mental Wellbeing Yammer group, full of help and support, where staff are encouraged to share any wellbeing related information they feel others may find interesting/useful to support their wellbeing.
Hosting a dedicated Financial wellbeing support page on our intranet, outlining both in-house & external support available for those experiencing financial difficulties and/or caring or supporting others requiring support with associated emotional/relational issues caused by their financial situation.
Teaming with Alzhemiers Society and encouraging staff to increase their activity levels whilst raising vital funds for charity.
Launching ‘Coffee Connect’, a chance for people from across the office to virtually connect over a coffee to network, collaborate and talk about resilience and share ideas as to how they are managing their wellbeing.
Our new Employee Assistance Programme by Health Assured, which includes a 24/7 helpline staffed by qualified therapists and advisers.
Our Mental Health First Aiders have been hosting informal virtual sessions once a month so staff can find out about the wide range of support available at the IPO.
Our annual flu vaccination programme during which over 250 staff took advantage of free vaccinations.
External speakers provided awareness talks on: the signs and symptoms of breast cancer, men’s health (Movember); nutrition;
SAD, sleeping better; virtual yoga / relaxation sessions and Pilates.
We promoted Civil Service Active Wellbeing Week – advertising local walks and wellbeing services and giving people the opportunity to win daily prizes.
We ran mindfulness sessions that were open to all our people.
Funding Headspace for Work Programme licences for staff which offers comprehensive mindfulness training, delivered via an app.
Supporting a virtual Christmas advent to give all staff opportunity to come together virtually and enjoy some light-hearted festivities including a virtual quiz.
Taking part in the Mind Wellbeing Index Survey 2021.
Raising awareness of Cycling by promoting: Love 2 Ride’s Ride it Out Challenge; Cycling UK’s latest webinars for Safety Week; 7 Days of Cycling – Bike Week ; IPO salary Sacrifice/ Interest-free loan schemes; cycling hints and tips and local cycling routes.