Benefits available to help you keep in good physical health
Roll up, roll up… for free flu jabs this winter!
The vaccination programme helps us keep our colleagues and customers healthy and happy all year long, by fighting back against an unpredictable virus that can cause severe illness and even death among ‘at-risk’ groups.
If you work in Care
You’re already eligible to have the flu vaccine at your GP surgery or a local pharmacy and don’t need a flu voucher.
If you work in Operations or Central Support
Request them through your line manager.
Managers need to log onto the askHR portal to order the vouchers, usually in September, giving the total number of vouchers needed for their team/location and the names of the colleagues requesting them.
Voucher can be used at high street locations, including selected Superdrug, Lloyds Chemist, Morrisons, Tesco and Asda stores.
If you use a PC, laptop or tablet as part of your role, you are entitled to claim a free eye examination every two years.
Help with the cost of new glasses
As well as a free eye test, if the optician confirms that you need to wear glasses for VDU use, you’ll also receive a voucher for £55 towards the cost of new glasses, which can be used at a range of opticians.
Once processed, you will be issued with a voucher which you can take to the optician to pay for your eye test.
You can use this at 95% of opticians across the UK – find
your nearest participating optician here.
We believe supporting your mental health is an investment
We know that most people will experience stress, depression or other mental health concerns at some point in their lives. We offer a range of support to our colleagues, including:
We may work for an organisation providing care and housing for later life, but how many of us know what we’d do or where to find information if we needed to arrange later life services for our very own loved ones?
Care Concierge is a confidential telephone guidance service you can access for free, to speak directly to a care expert about later life care needs and services.
As more and more roles are moving to remote working, and colleagues are taking advantage of more flexible working patterns we recognise some people may feel disconnected from their wider teams.
Read our tips for combatting loneliness in the workplace, for both colleagues and managers.
You can find more tips around managing your time and your wellbeing in the guidance document on myLearning – search for ‘Homeworking’’.
Remember to use resources like Workplace and Teams, to help you have virtual meetings, communicate and stay connected to your team mates, other colleagues and the rest of the organisation.
A free and confidential service. You can speak to an advisor by telephone or webchat 24/7; or access a range of materials and e-learning on their website or through the Health Assured mobile app (available in the Apple or Android app stores and pre-downloaded on to all company mobile phones).
We’ve developed new guidance to help us all understand the menopause and how it can affect people the workplace.
It signposts colleagues and managers to where they can go for advice and support. And we will continue to develop further training and materials over the coming months.
All central support colleagues get the chance to give something back by volunteering at one of our care or housing locations for one day each year.
It’s an opportunity to meet and interact with residents and see for yourself just how your work makes an impact on their lives.
It could be anything from doing a spot of decorating to putting on a party or transforming a garden.
Central support colleagues can also lead a volunteering project which is a great way to develop and practice new skills.
Colleagues working in operations can propose volunteering projects for colleagues, corporate partners and community groups to get involved with.
It’s important for us all to balance our personal and work lives, and we have a number of policies to support this.
Flexible Working policy
All colleagues with 26 weeks’ continuous service can request flexible working, so long as they haven’t made a request in the previous 12 months. Examples of flexible working include:
Colleagues can request flexible working for any reason and do not have to explain why. Once a request form has been submitted the line manager will arrange a meeting to discuss whether or not they are able to approve the request. Full details of the Flexible Working policy and procedure are on The Bridge.
Career Break policy
Colleagues with two years’ service, and satisfactory attendance and conduct can request an extended, unpaid period away from work. Some examples of reasons for a career break are to go travelling, to spend time with family or to study or do voluntary work.
Authorised Leave policy
This policy gives details of many different forms of leave including parental, bereavement, compassionate, public duties and the Territorial Army.
There are also tools available to help colleagues understand and monitor how they spend their working time. Colleagues using Microsoft Office 365 have access to MyAnalytics. These dashboards can help colleagues organise their time, and also monitor how often they are working outside of ‘normal’ working hours.
The NHS website is a great place to access lots of free, simple and useful resources and information, to help you take control of your health and wellbeing, including:
The Mental Health at Work website also offers a wealth of support and resources, pooled together from different organisations, like Mind and The BMA – British medical Association.
We celebrate all of our colleagues and residents and are striving to create a fully inclusive workplace.
Our colleague EDI networks are colleague-led and aim to offer advice to the business and support to colleagues.
Our networks are: