Staff Wellbeing in UCC
UCC takes a holistic approach to the wellbeing needs of staff and has a strong culture and tradition of excellence in Workplace Wellbeing. In 2018, we were the first university to be awarded IBEC's KeepWell Mark, which reflects UCC's dedication to the health and wellbeing of its staff. UCC is committed to the health, prosperity and wellbeing of our colleagues and helps to ensure that the principles of health and wellbeing extend beyond the workplace and into the lives of our families and communities. UCC offers a comprehensive and varied programme of wellbeing related supports to all colleagues including networking cafes, lunchtime activities and 60-minute resilience workshops in addition to the EAP service offered by Spectrum Life.
All UCC colleagues are welcome to contact Anne Gannon, Staff Wellbeing & Development Manager in confidence for any wellbeing advice and support.
Friday 30 April 2021 was National Workplace Wellbeing Day where workplaces throughout Ireland celebrated workplace wellbeing. This year the focus was on social, mental and physical wellbeing. Its significance was particularly important in this COVID-19 era, as we have undergone a mass shift to working-from-home and social distancing across the board. UCC Senior Management have invested and supported wellbeing in UCC for many years. We are proud of the public recognition we have received for our work in promoting workplace wellbeing together with the enthusiasm and commitment shown by many colleagues in their engagement with a broad range of wellbeing activities and initiatives across UCC.
We are delighted to share with you our Workplace Wellbeing Day Newsletter which describes some wonderful examples evidencing what teams across UCC have done over the past number of months to support each other’s social, mental and physical wellbeing. Many of these initiatives across UCC highlight the work of local 'wellbeing champions' each of whom led and organised activities and events to support wellbeing amongst colleagues. Thank you to everyone who shared these fantastic initiatives.
Congratulations to the College of Business and Law's Office Team, who were randomly selected as the winner of our National Workplace Wellbeing Day competition.
This lucky team will be treated to a dedicated team building workshop – a unique opportunity for the team to spend valuable time together learning more about themselves individually and collectively in a fun & meaningful way.
A new Spiritual Wellbeing section has been added to UCC's Keep Well webpage. Here you will find practical tips that can help you. For some, spiritual exercises, such as prayer, meditation, and journaling can help us find the headspace to reflect on who we really are - separate from our studies, social status and other people’s valuations of us.
Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly TD Launches New Service
The Minister for Health, Stephen Donnelly, has launched a new online professional mental health service, which has been developed to support people who are working at the frontline during Covid-19. The service, which is being provided by ‘turn2me’ with funding from Sláintecare, is free and available for anyone who self-identifies as a frontline worker – from healthcare professionals to those working in retail, and from teachers to tradespeople. To find out more visit https://turn2me.ie/
Staff Wellbeing Seminars
Staff Wellbeing routinely facilitates lunchtime talks and seminars for staff in UCC. The topics covered range from parenting to dietary concerns, from personal wellbeing to financial planning, and are delivered by speakers from a variety of professional and academic backgrounds.
A number of the seminars have been recorded and are archived for viewing here, so if you miss one, you will have always have the chance to view it at a time that suits you.