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June 11, 2015

Top 5 resources to help you build resilience at work

Did you know that the University has many resources and support readily available to you to help manage stress and build resilience at work?gym-class

Below are my top 5 recommended support mechanisms for staff needing further advice on how to manage stress.

For further information about these resources please contact your local HR team or Learning and Development.

Coming soon…

Human Resources will also be offering a new interactive resilience workshop developed by health professionals, coming in 2015-16. Look out for further communication of this new workshop in the autumn term.

  1. Sports facilities
    Do you make use of our facilities at Colchester and Southend? As members of staff you have access to discounted membership which offers so much more than going to the gym, to help improve your wellbeing. But did you know that if you’re a member of the University of Essex, the great news is that you’re automatically a member of Essex Sport. This means you can access a range of sports, clubs and facilities completely free of charge!
  2. Confidential support service
    If you wanted a completely confidential chat with a professional, we have the Employee Assistance Programme through Valdiuim, where you can access further support services such as financial advice, legal support, health advice and counselling, manager advice and support. Give them a call or visit their online resources when you feel you need additional support.
  3. Coaching
    Significant change or a specific work-related issue could find our coaching service of benefit. It is available to all staff, to help you focus on the future. Line managers can refer members of their team for coaching, however that person must understand why they need coaching and agree to be coached.
  4. Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
    Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) can be accessed through an Occupational Health Referral.  CBT is a type of psychotherapy that looks at how you think about yourself, the world and other people and how what you do affects your feelings and thoughts.
  5. Stress management sessions
    Our regularly run 1/2 day courses to provide you with a healthy toolbox of strategies for coping with or managing your responses to stress. The techniques provided are transferable life skills in that they are equally applicable to personal stressors as well as stress in the workplace. Look out for our next workshop in the autumn term.

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