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Returning to Campus - Advice for Colleagues

As colleagues start to return to campus in greater numbers, supporting our own wellbeing and mental health remains a priority. Please see below for some resources and information on maintaining your wellbeing while transitioning back to campus.

As more of us may now be returning to campuses, it can help for us all to prepare ourselves and become familiar with all of the steps that the University is taking to keep the community safe on campus - Find the information here.

The UK Government website has up-to-date advice on how to look after yourself in the general community: Coronavirus – how to stay safe and help prevent the spread.

It is understandable that you may have questions, or concerns, around how to safely travel, work and move about campus. There has been a continuous need to adapt, and changing guidelines over the last few months, and it can be hard to understand how to best look after ourselves and colleagues. Speak to your manager about any specific concerns you may have.

Line managers should be having regular one-to-ones and team meetings and communicating as often as they can about any changes that are likely to impact on their teams.

Please remember it’s OK not to feel OK, the situation surrounding Covid-19 remains a concern for many people.

Sometimes concerns can develop into anxiety or low mood. Monitor yourself for any signs or symptoms of mental ill health which may include (but not limited to) general withdrawal, lack of concentration/poor memory, reduced productivity, general anxiety, sickness absence, low mood, tearfulness, irritability. There is a NHS self-assessment of mood and anxiety you can do here.

There are supports and resources available if you are experiencing symptoms of stress or mental ill health. These include our Employee Assistance Programme, Spectrum Life, NHS support, Wellbeing web pages or Occupational Health – options for support can be found here.

Show compassion for yourself and other colleagues, please remember they may be feeling the same as you.

Adopt good wellbeing habits at work including taking breaks, not scheduling too many meetings and not emailing out of normal hours. Try and encourage colleagues to do likewise.

Evidence suggests that taking these five steps can help you feel more positive and able to get the most out of life:

  1. Connect with other people
  2. Be physically active
  3. Learn new skills
  4. Give to others
  5. Pay attention to the present moment (mindfulness)

Take a look at our Five Ways to Wellbeing online brochure to find out more, including links to resources and activities.

Reconnect with your team socially. Many people have felt isolated during lockdown and working from home, and a lack of social connection can have a detrimental impact on wellbeing. This can be done online or in person.

The University Sports Park is providing a range of activities to support staff with their wellbeing, you can check upcoming activities here.