Supporting our staff over the past year

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a chain of paper people holding handsThe health, safety and well-being of our staff is a priority for our organisation. Here we take a closer look at what we’ve done over the past year to support and encourage our staff to enable them to do the best job they can.

Our workforce continues to be our most valuable and valued resource – without healthy, engaged and productive staff, we would not be able to deliver a world-class environment protection agency and achieve great outcomes for the people of Scotland.

To achieve this, we continue to develop a culture of mental and physical health and well-being within our organisation. We’ve undertaken numerous initiatives over the past year to encourage and support our staff when it comes to their physical and mental health and well-being. These have contributed to the retention of our Healthy Working Lives Silver Award.

Healthy_work_livesThe Healthy Working Lives Programme (run by NHS Scotland) aims to help improve employees’ health and well-being across Scotland. To maintain the award, we’ve had to demonstrate that:

  • organisationally, we continue to meet the requirements of both the bronze and silver levels;
  • we can evidence both awareness raising and participation in activities and opportunities to promote the six key criteria for the Silver Award;
  • we can show how these contribute to the organisation and well-being of our staff.

Our involvement in the Healthy Working Lives Programme is an important part of our commitment to continuing to build a healthy working environment, and we hope to retain our award when are assessed again in October 2016.

inside veiwsWe have also participated in a whole range of national and international health and well-being campaigns throughout the year, from Stoptober, National Walking Month, World Heart Day, and Know Your Numbers, to name a few. Local offices also have conducted their own campaigns and we have a wide range of lunch time and evening clubs taking place around the country, from gardening clubs to yoga and pilates and mindfulness, and even a soup club in our Perth office.

Bike storageWe continue to build upon our Cycle Friendly Employer Award by providing facilities to those staff who wish to commute by bike to work, such as safe bicycle shelters and storage as well as washing facilities. We’re also part of the government’s Cyclescheme, which enables staff to get a bike tax-free. In May we won the Sustrans Scottish Workplace Journey Challenge, with staff across the organisation clocking up more than 27,000 miles of alternatives to car journeys to/from work.

We offer support to staff through our Employee Assistance Programme, which provides confidential counselling, along with a wide range of information services to assist staff with personal or work related problems that may be affecting their health, well-being or performance.

This proactive, effective and supportive approach to the health and well-being of our staff will result in a number of longer-term benefits for everyone, helping us to be an organisation people clamour to work for.

Further information on our performance during last year can be found in our Annual report and accounts 2015-2016.

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