Why I love my job: health and wellbeing

Work-life-balance
By Jo Whiteley, HR Manager

I am proud to say I work for the Council, particularly for all the great work we do in supporting staff health and well-being.

We currently offer a range of fitness and well-being activities for staff. Council officers can take part in everything from lunch-time yoga sessions to after-work social events, whether it's bowling evenings, meditation, running, fitness healthy eating classes, or men's and women's health - to name just a few. These sessions are largely run and organised by members of our own staff; our dedicated group of Health & Wellbeing Champions.

Come rain or shine, these events are always well-attended by staff. And the feedback shows that staff value the work we do in this area.

"I'm proud of the work we do in supporting staff health and well-being..."

As an organisation we currently have a focus on mental health, an initiative that is actively encouraged by our Chief Executive. We recently held a lunch-time event where Chief Executive Karen Satterford signed the Time to Change pledge, offering mindfulness training and e-learning courses and providing a wide range of on-line resources.

Time-to-change

As we continue to push health and well-being for all staff at WDC, we will also be introducing Mental Health Allies, running mental health awareness training for managers and offering Resilience Through Change workshops for staff.

Wycombe District Council really is a great place to work and I'm pleased to say that that's partly down to our commitment to health and wellbeing.