Thrive at Home Toolkit
The Thrive at Home Toolkit, provided by the West Midlands Combined Authority, is full of advice and ideas for staying healthy, happy and productive while you work from home.
Within the toolkit, you can find practical advice on how to look after your mental health and your musculoskeletal health, in addition to lifestyle advice and other enablers to health.
Resources from the Business Disability Forum
The Business Disability Forum has online resources that include tips on how to support everyone's physical and mental health and wellbeing, since we all work in different ways and we all have different needs and requirements.
Join a live session
There are a range of masterclasses, webinars and drop in sessions that University of Warwick staff are able to make use of. The sessions are arranged by Wellbeing Support Services and other colleagues, and cover a range of topics that will help you to stay healthy and happy while you work from home.
You can learn more about the sessions and register via the 'events calendar'.
Self help resources
In addition to the masterclasses, webinars and drop in sessions, you can also access self help resources which have been developed by Wellbeing Support Services and colleagues.
The following self help resources aim to help you to thrive at home:
You can find the full list of self help resources here.
Practical work space support
Warwick has different services that can help you to make sure your set up is safe and comfortable, and there is technical help available for you should you need it. Information on these is provided below.
Make sure your work space is safe and comfortable
When working from home, whether using a desktop PC, laptop or with paper-based activities, then the work is generally ‘low-risk'. However, there are simple measures that staff can take to reduce risk further.
Take a look at the guidance provided by Health and Safety to help you stay safe and well while you work from home. This guidance opens as a Word document.
Get help with technical issues
You can carry out most everyday tasks using a standard computer with a web browser and internet connection - there is no need for specialist software or connection arrangements.
IT Services have helpful advice and guidance for helping you to get your IT set up working well whilst keeping personal data safe and secure.
Togetherall is a safe place to talk, share and support others like you. It's an anonymous community where members can:
- Access 24 hours a day, 365 days a year
- Trained professionals available 24/7 to keep the community safe
- Self-assessments & recommended resources
- Creative tools to help express how you’re feeling
- Wide range of self-guided courses to do at your own pace
University of Warwick colleagues have free access to Togetherall - learn more about it, and access the service, here
Employee Assistance Programme
Our Employee Assistance Programme (EAP) is a confidential support service designed to help the University of Warwick workforce deal with personal and professional problems that could be affecting your home life or work life, health and general wellbeing.
Health Assured offers cover for you and (in certain circumstances) your immediate family members, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. Their services include:
- Life support: Unlimited access to counselling for emotional problems and a pathway to structured telephone counselling or face-to-face counselling sessions (employees only) at your convenience.
- Legal information: For any issues that cause anxiety or distress including debt management, accountancy, lawsuits, consumer disputes, property or neighbour legalities (employees only).
- Bereavement support: Health Assured offers qualified and experienced counsellors who can help with grief and related stress plus a team of legal advisors to help with legal issues.
- Medical information: Qualified nurses are on hand to offer advice on a range of medical or health related issues. They can’t diagnose but can offer a sympathetic ear and practical information and advice.
- CBT online: We recognise the value of self-help tools in dealing with a range of issues, which is why we have a range of CBT self-help modules, informative factsheets and invaluable advice videos from leading qualified counsellors.