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Strategic responsibilities

Strategy (purple heart)

The University is committed to providing a healthy working environment and improving the quality of working lives for all staff. 

Wellbeing is a combination of the physical, psychological and the social features of a person.  The Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) define wellbeing as:

Creating an environment to promote a state of contentment which allows an employee to flourish and achieve their full potential for the benefit of themselves and their organisation. 

For employees a good working environment can positively impact on these aspects and more workplaces, including the University, are trying to positively influence wellbeing.

The University aims to promote and enhance wellbeing for all staff through the development of a proactive and enabling culture. This will require effective leadership, management support to encourage staff to feel supported in focussing on their wellbeing, the integration of wellbeing in all work activities and practices and individual staff taking responsibility for their health and wellbeing. 

Our key aims are to make staff feel happy and healthy are:

  • Promote the Manchester Six Ways to Wellbeing framework,
  • Increase awareness of the importance of wellbeing,
  • Increase and encourage engagement in wellbeing activities,
  • Demonstrate increased levels of wellbeing via appropriate survey methodologies.
  • To ensure success of this the University will be looking at how to embed wellbeing in University strategy and investment decisions and develop a range of initiatives to engage the promotion of wellbeing activities and behaviour.

University actions will include:

  • Develop long term communication campaign(s) to empower and motivate staff in wellbeing action and behaviours.
  • Provide and promote a range of high quality, accessible and engaging initiatives, activities and events to encourage participation in wellbeing.
  • Develop a Wellbeing Champions Network.

Management actions will include:

  • Empower management units to encourage local culture change to take wellbeing into account and to integrate the Manchester Ways to Wellbeing framework as standard.
  • Engaging with staff to promote and enhance employee health and wellbeing
  • Creating a culture that where problems arise they are quickly identified and solution considered against an individual’s needs
  • Develop wellbeing audits to identify enablers, barriers and opportunities for wellbeing action and engagement from individuals and groups/cohorts/teams.

Individual actions will include:

  • Be mindful of wellbeing on a daily basis and set aside an appropriate amount of time to engage in practical wellbeing actions.Participate in wellbeing initiatives, activities and events provided during the academic year.
  • Suggest how existing wellbeing provisions could be developed and expanded.
  • Report circumstances that negatively impact wellbeing.
  • The University aims to integrate wellbeing in all work activities and practices so that an environment can be cultivated that all staff feel nurtured and feel engaged.

The full Staff and Student Wellbeing Strategy can be read here.