Staff wellbeing

We’re strong believers that the best type of employees are happy and healthy. That’s why we focus on providing a dedicated staff wellbeing programme to ensure you’re looked after both inside and outside of work.

As an employer we recognise the importance of getting away from your desk, having time so socialise and getting some active minutes into your day. Our ‘Active Lunch’ initiative gives colleagues a chance to step away from their desk and try something new, with activities including archery and table tennis.

Free gym membership
College employees all have access to the onside gym located at the South Downs Campus. Colleagues are able to access the gym before or after work, with some dedicated ‘staff only’ lunchtime sessions as part of the ‘Active Lunch’ initiative.

Personal training sessions
With personal training and sports courses being taught at the College, there are opportunities throughout the year for staff to sign up to free personal training programmes.  

Cycle 2 work scheme
This government initiative helps you save money on a new bike, whilst maintaining active and doing your bit for the environment by cycling to work. Full details can be found here.

Havant & South Downs College works in partnership with Havant & East Hants (HEH) Mind, ensuring the promotion of wellbeing and good mental health for all employees. As part of this partnership all colleagues have access to a free and confidential onsite mental health professional.

We also provide colleagues with the opportunity to attend mental health awareness training, helping to foster a culture where all employees feel supported and understood.

Havant & South Downs College recognises that sometimes employees need flexible working hours in order to help them balance homelife commitments with their work.

Requests for flexible working such as compressed hours, flexitime, and home working are evaluated on a case-by-case basis. This helps us ensure that all employees are supported, and feel that they are contributing to the College community and positive student outcomes.

Additionally, if you are a parent, the College has many methods for ensuring you can support your family whilst working. This includes an OFSTED rated outstanding nursery located on the South Downs Campus site.

HSDC works with a local occupational health provider to help support any ongoing health conditions in the workplace. Our Health & Safety team can also arrange for workstation assessments to be carried out to ensure that your setup will limit any musculoskeletal concerns.

Every January HSDC gives employees the chance to take part in an annual staff development day with a focus on Health & Wellbeing day. Here colleagues have the chance to take part in activities such as health checks, sports massage, seminars and fitness classes including yoga.

This event also welcomes local providers to a ‘marketplace’ with former visitors including local chiropractors, Weight Watchers, NHS Quit4Life, mental health organisations and various holistic therapy providers.

In addition to this annual event there is also a strong support network for staff which can be accessed throughout the year.

In addition to our partnership with Havant & East Hants Mind we have also signed the Charter for Employers who are positive about mental health. This means:

As an employer we recognise that:

  • People who have mental health issues may have experienced discrimination in recruitment and selection procedures. This may discourage them from seeking employment
  • Whilst some people will acknowledge their experience of mental health issues in an open way, others fear that stigma will jeopardise their chances of getting a job
  • Given appropriate support, the vast majority of people who have experienced ill mental health continue to work successfully as do many with ongoing issues

As an employer we aim to:

  • Show a positive enabling attitude to employees and job applicants with mental health issues, this will include positive statements in local recruitment literature
  • Ensure that all staff involved in recruitment and selection are briefed on mental health issues and The Equality Act 2010, and given appropriate interview skills
  • Make it clear in any recruitment or occupational health check that people who have experienced mental health issues will not be discriminated against and that disclosure of a mental health problem will enable both employee and employer to assess and provide the right level of support or adjustment
  • Not make assumptions that a person with a mental health issue will be more vulnerable to workplace stress or take more time off than any other employee or job applicant
  • Provide non-judgemental and proactive support to individual staff who experience mental health issues
  • Ensure all line managers have information and training about managing mental health in the workplace

MINDFUL EMPLOYER® is an NHS initiative run by Workways, a service of Devon Partnership NHS Trust. Workways supports people with a mental health condition to find or remain in employment. By signing the Charter, the College has committed to working towards the Charter’s principles and improving the working lives of our staff. For more information you can visit their website here. The signed Charter can be downloaded here.

HSDC has been awarded the Workplace Wellbeing Charter, an opportunity for employers to demonstrate their commitment to the health and wellbeing of their workforce.

“Achieving the Workplace Wellbeing Charter shows Havant & South Downs College are forward thinking in cascading Wellbeing practices throughout the organisation and demonstrate this commitment. This accreditation marks Havant & South Downs College as an employer of choice and we congratulate all at the organisation for their efforts in being awarded the Workplace Wellbeing Charter. It has been a pleasure to accredit Havant & South Downs College with the Workplace Wellbeing Charter, visiting the workplace and speaking to all employees to learn more about the organisation and all the excellent work was a very positive experience.” Kevin Yip from health@work

Accreditation and award of the Workplace Wellbeing Charter demonstrates Havant & South Downs College’s commitment to the health and wellbeing of the workforce and any organisation attaining at least the commitment standard in all areas is to be commended and will receive the Workplace Wellbeing Charter, National Award for England. 

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