Workforce and wellbeing
Across the globe people are making links between wellbeing, productivity and our ability to move forward on sustainability. We all have professional responsibilities in sustainability and with this comes the potential for greater creativity and success in our organisations.
Understanding how to apply sustainability to our professional practice is essential to achieve wider change. We are working to support our staff, as well as students and partners, to increase their positive impact as professionals as well as citizens.
Through our human resources strategy, we aim to foster an engaged working environment and professional opportunities that support our people to adapt and innovate for sustainability through their core job roles. This can include training and guidance on capabilities such as resilience and systems thinking, or topics such as carbon literacy, lifecycle costing and responsible purchasing.
Wellbeing and sustainability
Wellbeing is critical for sustainability – the importance of wellbeing as one of the keys to sustainability is the reason health and wellbeing is one of the UN global goals.
The OECD 2020 analysis of wellbeing indicators shows how natural capital and environmental protection is interlinked with social and economic aspects of wellbeing. This recognition is growing at policy level – the 2015 Wellbeing of Future Generations Act in Wales recognises how the wellbeing of people and communities critically depends upon the health of the planet.
Priorities in this area include smart travel and our catering policy, where we set and monitor objectives for active lifestyles, healthy diets and fresh, locally sourced food. Our carbon emissions reduction work is also an important contribution to improving air quality and wider public health.
Campus gardening for wellbeing
There are opportunities for staff, students and local people to get involved in gardening activities at our campuses such as the Park Campus Allotment.
The Edible Garden at Francis Close Hall also offers ways to learn about permaculture design, food awareness, ecological literacy and community building, whilst getting some physical activity.
We supported the growing and enjoyment of food on campus with the new pizza oven and LED lighting at the Edible Garden 10th birthday celebrations and Live Smart Pizza Party.
Contact our Sustainability Engagement Manager to find out more.
Workplace Wellbeing Charter
The University was successfully re-accredited for the Public Health Wellbeing at Work Charter in July 2019. The assessment now includes higher standards compared to our first assessment in July 2017, particularly for mental health. We are reviewing potential improvements for supporting mental wellbeing among staff, which then helps us to better support the wellbeing of our students.