Wellbeing in the Workplace is important to FX Plus and a team has been working for months on ways to improve this for everyone.
There is no one answer or quick fix but we are coordinating a range of activities, events and suggestions which could improve your personal workplace wellbeing.
Wellbeing in the Workplace is about the smaller things that FX Plus can do to support you and things you can do to support yourself and colleagues.
Part of this is the ‘Five Ways to Wellbeing’ campaign. The Five Ways – connecting, moving, noticing, learning and giving – are based on the findings of a UK Government wellbeing report.
Departmental reviews, have also uncovered questions about larger issues. To try to answer some of these we have put together ‘Wellbeing FAQs’ – and uploaded them to the new Wellbeing FX Plus area on Sharepoint.
Some, larger activities are also already going on. These include:
The reintroduction of Dignity at Work Advisors – with a much more robust procedure to support them and you; working with our Chaplaincy colleagues to strengthen staff wellbeing at work and the launch of our Vision and Values.
As well as these there are smaller, everyday things on offer. A selection is below:
Sports Centre – Keep Fit & Have Fun
The Sports Centre has recently supported several sporting initiatives, for the benefit of FXPlus staff.
The interest created from a one off, five-a-side football match in the Sports hall, was overwhelming and has now become a weekly Monday night fixture (now six-a-side).
In addition, a ‘Walking Football’ and ‘Netball’ taster session will be taking place, with the hope that they will also develop in to a regular opportunity for individuals to keep fit and have fun.
All these initial taster sessions have benefited from support and guidance from the Sports Centre staff and use of the facilities for free.
If any member of staff would like to explore the possibility of utilising the Sports Centre facilities for a sporting, fitness related or any other initiative. Please contact Ty Morgan – firstname.lastname@example.org
Join the cross-campus staff choir - Kana Tremough
Wednesdays 1-2pm, Chapel Lecture Theatre. An abundance of evidence now suggests that singing boosts your brain power, relieves stress and improves your physical health – some have even gone as far to say that singing is the new yoga! Imagine that?
So why not escape your desk and those unread emails and come join us for a group vocal workout. Connect with new people from departments and campuses and learn some new music. Kana Tremough was set up in September and is a relaxed and friendly group open to all Falmouth and Exeter staff, no prior experience or reading music required. Please register your interest here and we can stay in touch with you. Or alternatively if you would like to see us in action please come along to our informal 20 minute performance on 1st May, 1.40pm in the Chapel Lecture Theatre.
Six-a-side Penryn Campus
FX Plus six-a-side takes place at Penryn Campus (indoor or outdoor depending on the weather) every Monday from 4.30pm.
IT/Library/Gym/Estates are all involved so far and the invitation is open to all within FX Plus. Contact: Mick.Blything@fxplus.ac.uk
Falmouth Campus meeting noon, outside the library on Fridays.
Tuesday lunchtimes 1230 – 1330, Upper Stannary, Penryn Campus.
Drawing and sketching for fun, relaxation and wellbeing. Bring your drawing equipment and a pad, and enjoy sketching with others. Still-life, portraits, architecture, landscapes, doodling – the choice is yours! Come for as long as you can within the hour. Contact Colin.email@example.com
Strava running and cycling clubs
Rob Greensmith, Head of Security, has set up two groups on Strava – one for running and one for cycling.
If you’re interested you’ll need to download the free Strava app onto your mobile then search for FX Plus Staff Cycling and/or FX Plus Staff Running. Everyone is welcome to join.
Once a member you can post running and cycling routes and see if others want to join you.
FX Plus employees are entitled to full library membership, which includes access to the physical stock (books, CDs, vinyl, maps, DVDs and videos) from both Falmouth and Penryn Campus libraries. Books from Streatham campus in Exeter can also be borrowed. Online, FX Plus employees also have access to all Falmouth resources using their IT user name and login (not for business use).
FX Plus employees can also ask their line manager to contact the University of Exeter for Associate staff status – this then allows access to University of Exeter online resources. The catalogue here will allow you to search both here and Exeter’s stock:
Your employee ID card is your library card.
Penryn Campus Sports Centre - Looking After Your Health & Wellbeing
- The Fitness Class Timetable includes the following Wellbeing classes: Yoga, Pilates and Guided Meditation.
- Sports Hall - Happy Hour, Mon-Fri, (9:00-11:00am & 2:00-4:00pm).
i. Badminton - £5:00. No membership required.
ii. Table Tennis - £2.50. No membership required.
iii. Half hall - £10:00. No membership required.
iv. Whole hall - £20:00. No membership required.
- MUGA – Multi Use Games Area – Happy Hour, Mon-Sun, (2:00-4:00pm).
i. £5:00. No membership required.
- 6 x Workouts Of The Week (WOW’s). No membership required. £1:50 members & £2:50 non-members.
- Health MOT £5:00. Please see ‘Start Your Fitness Journey Today’ Poster. No membership required.
- Training Programme - £15 and The Complete Fitness Package - £25:00. Please see attached – ‘Start Your Fitness Journey Today’ Poster.
- Penryn Campus Orienteering Course - Maps from Simon Court – Sports Centre Manager.
- Outdoor Equipment x 10 located at the MUGA, Multi Use Games Area. No membership required.
Penryn Campus gardening:
Gardening provides substantial health benefits as well as being relaxing and enjoyable. So if you would like to volunteer to help in the peaceful and beautiful Walled Garden to tackle some therapeutic weeding or propagating for the allotment, then contact Head Gardener Toby Nenning ( firstname.lastname@example.org ) as he is looking to start a one-day-a-week scheme when volunteers could turn up and work alongside the gardening team.