A range of information, resources and events are available to all staff at SOAS to enhance employee wellbeing and the SOAS community.
Health and Wellbeing Policy and Services
The SOAS Health and Wellbeing Policy (msword; 444kb) provides a framework for the management and support of employees and describes the mechanisms available to employees in relation to sickness absence and related issues. Take a look at the Health & Welfare page to find out more about the occupational health service, workstation self-assessments and other important information.
Employee Assistance and Wellbeing Service
Staff and their family members have access to a free, external, confidential employee wellbeing service. The service provides information, expert advice and specialist counselling to help you prepare for life's milestones and cope with unexpected events.
Find out about the wide range of benefits available on the Staff Benefits page, including retail discounts, travel and computer loans, and flexible working.
Lunchtime Learning Sessions
Staff are encouraged to take lunch breaks away from their desks. From yoga to art classes to meditation, there's plenty to do! Find out more on the Lunchtime Learning and Reclaim Your Lunch Break! pages.
Gym Membership Staff Discount
Find out how you can save £10 each month on gym membership fees through the salary deduction scheme for DW Fitness First.
Low-cost chair massages are available on Fridays each month.
Mediation & Facilitated Conversations
Mediation (also known as a 'facilitated conversation') is an informal, confidential process to facilitate open and honest dialogue to promote mutual understanding. If you are in conflict, or just want to find out more, please see the Mediation webpage.
Mentoring is available to all staff, and aims to help people work effectively through providing a listening ear, a critical friend or a supportive challenger. If you are interested in being a mentee or a mentor, you can find out more on the Mentoring webpage.
SOAS has developed an online library of self-help leaflets in conjunction with the NHS, which are free to use and available in a variety of formats. They cover a wide range of topics including social anxiety, alcohol, stress and depression.
Evidence has shown that five actions can improve wellbeing: connect; be active; take notice; keep learning; give. Find out how making small improvements can have a significant impact on your wellbeing in the Five ways to mental wellbeing document.
MIND, the mental health charity, provides simple steps you can take to look after yourself and make your workplace mental healthier. Find out more about Taking Care of Yourself, including Wellness Action Plans for employees - an easy, practical way of supporting your own mental health at work.
If you are a manager supporting someone with a mental health condition, you may find the following useful:
Line Manager's Resource: A practical guide to supporting staff with a mental health condition (Mindful Employer, 2014)
MHFA Line Managers' Resource (MHFA England, 2016)
Managing and Supporting Mental Health at Work: Disclosure tools for managers (CIPD and MIND, 2013).
If you have any queries or suggestions for this page, please contact Kimberly Hovish, Staff Learning & Development Officer, Human Resources Directorate.