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Achieving Wellbeing at Work Together

UCL recognises that its mission to be a world class centre of research and teaching is best achieved through the effective contribution of a motivated and committed workforce. The people who work at UCL contribute most effectively to its success and achieve job satisfaction, if they are healthy and happy at work. UCL aims to promote a culture of trust and co-operation, where all members of the UCL community are treated with dignity and respect. http://www.ucl.ac.uk/hr/docs/stress.php

To successfully promote this objective and to improve wellbeing at work Well being and work we all have a part to play.

What do UCL staff say..

Stress at work is a major Health and Safety issue. To minimise the risk to health, it is essential that managers and employees at UCL commit to provision of a positive work environment, implementation of good management practices and zero tolerance for bullying and harassment.

Jenny Head
Epidemiology and Public Health

Work-related stress is a serious problem and working together to tackle it effectively can result in significant benefits for the wellbeing of individuals and for organisations.

Bill Lehm
UCL Library Services

Managers play a critical role in improving wellbeing at work and through working with their teams can have an important impact on the quality of working life.

Loren Moyse
Faculty Manager
UCL Faculty of Life Sciences

Cases of work-related stress can be prevented as well as managed. Everyone in UCL has a responsibility in promoting a culture where individual and organisational health is central to achieving UCL's ambitions

Angela Graneek
Head of Occupational Health Services

Working together to promote wellbeing at work helps to build and a culture where people are resilient, motivated, engaged and supportive of UCL's objectives and of one other

Nigel Waugh
HR Director

What mangers can do:

How effective are you at preventing and reducing stress in your staff?
Find out using the Stress management competency indicator tool http://www.hse.gov.uk/stress/mcit.pdf or complete the online questionnaire at http://www.hse.gov.uk/stress/mcit.htm

How would you recognise if a colleague or member of your team may not be coping?
Check out the signs and behaviours at http://www.ucl.ac.uk/hr/docs/stress_apdx3.php

What would you do if one of your team reports feelings of stress?
Find out by visiting http://www.ucl.ac.uk/hr/occ_health/health_advice/managing_pressure.php#5

What UCL Policies support you in managing stress at work? http://www.ucl.ac.uk/hr/docs/stress_apdx1.php

Where do you go for support and assistance? http://www.ucl.ac.uk/hr/docs/stress.php#support

What everyone can do:

Support colleagues and managers through good communication, sharing knowledge and, where appropriate resources.

Work with colleagues to seek constructive solutions to problems

Develop a positive mental attitude http://www.ucl.ac.uk/hr/occ_health/health_advice/resilience_high_performance.php

Having a positive mental state is a good buffer to feelings of stress. Things that can help are:

Avoid poor coping mechanisms

If you feel that you are under excessive pressure on a regular basis, you may smoke, drink or over eat as a way to help lessen the discomfort of your feelings. However, this will just provide temporary relief and in the long term can make things worse:

Seek help at an early stage if you are concerned that you may not be coping

Know where to look for support and assistance?