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Health and Wellbeing at IPO

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.

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