WellbeingCalendar

The ultimate HR wellbeing resource from Unum - featuring podcasts, webinars, awareness dates and other useful support tools.

  • Awareness dates
  • Podcast
  • Webinar
  • Useful resources

Q1

January 2021

January

bWell bitesized - Getting your finances in shape - LifeWork Checker

The New Year is traditionally where we look to make a new start. But while we often think about rebooting our physical and mental health, our financial health can be overlooked. Here’s how to help employees get their finances in shape with the LifeWork Checker.

January

bWell bitesized – Getting our finances in shape - LifeWork Perks

As the January cold bites our extremities, post-Christmas bills can also take a significant chunk out of our budgets. To help you get more bang for your buck in 2021 whether you’re shopping online or out and about, take a look at LifeWorks Perks.

January

The bWell podcast - Money and mood

A quarter of people who experience mental health problems say financial difficulties are the problem. It’s clear that examining our relationship with money is not just a ‘nice to do’, it’s important to our health and wellbeing. Listen to our ‘Money and mood’ podcast.

The bWell podcast - Money and mood

A quarter of people who experience mental health problems say financial difficulties are the problem. It’s clear that examining our relationship with money is not just a ‘nice to do’, it’s important to our health and wellbeing.

Our ‘Money and mood’ podcast with Nudge will cover the relationship between mental wellbeing and money, with handy hints, tips and tools on how to improve this relationship. Listen to our ‘Money and mood’ podcast.

January

U-First webinars

We’re kicking off 2021 with a focus on employee wellbeing, and helping you to give your people the best possible start to the new year. January will see us deliver a suite of our U-First online webinars, designed especially for employees.

12th January

U-First webinar - Resilience

Join us for our first U-First online webinar of 2021 – Resilience. Designed especially for employees, the webinar looks at how people might feel when under stress, and explores hints, tips and strategies to improve resilience.

19th January

U-First webinar - Movement matters

Join us for our second U-First online webinar for January – Movement matters. Designed especially for employees, the webinar looks at why movement matters, and covers common musculoskeletal disorders and their causes, risk factors and how to set up a workstation.

26th January

U-First webinar - Lifestyle management

Join us at 11am for the third of our January U-First online webinars – Lifestyle management. Designed especially for employees, the webinar looks at encouraging small but sustainable changes to our lifestyle to improve health and wellbeing.

January

How to plan mental wellbeing

How do you plan the management of employees’ mental wellbeing for the year ahead? 2020 has tested us like nothing in a generation, businesses have conflicting priorities, and there can be so much information to sift through. We look at how Unum can help.

February 2021

February

bWell bitesized

A monthly resource for you and your people to help support your wellbeing journey…

February

The bWell podcast - Lifestyle and cancer

The bWell Podcast speaks to Reframe about ways to lower the risk of cancer via positive lifestyle choices...In association with Reframe

In association with

4th February

Cancer in the workplace webinar

The chances are we, or someone we know has had to deal with a cancer diagnosis. In recognition of World Cancer Day, our ‘Cancer in the workplace’ webinar – in partnership with Maggie’s – is open to everyone and looks at what we can do to support someone with cancer, the support available to anyone with a cancer diagnosis, changes we can make to our lifestyle to reduce our risk of cancer with a cancer diagnosis to stay at, or return to work.

February

The pathway to cancer support

According to Cancer Research UK, someone is diagnosed with cancer every two minutes. In our article, ‘The pathway to cancer support’, we look at how Unum can help you support an employee with a cancer diagnosis.

The pathway to cancer support

According to Cancer Research UK, someone is diagnosed with cancer every two minutes.

In ‘The pathway to cancer support’, we look at how Unum can help you support an employee with a cancer diagnosis, explore facts and figures about cancer and its predicted impacts, and look at other tools and resources.

March 2021

March

bWell bitesized

Getting the right amount and quality of sleep is fundamental to our wellbeing. To mark World Sleep Day, support your people get the zzzs they need (outside of the workplace!) and be at their best. Share our sleep health toolkit and get your staff to take the road test.

bWell bitesized

Getting the right amount and quality of sleep is fundamental to our wellbeing. To mark World Sleep Day, support your people get the zzzs they need (outside of the workplace!) and be at their best.

Share our sleep health toolkit and get your staff to take the road test.

March

The bWell podcast - How to manage and improve sleep

In the latest bWell Podcast, we discuss the benefits of sleep and the importance of a good night's rest... In association with Wellbeing 24

In association with

8th March

Diversity, inclusion and equality webinar

International Women’s Day is a hugely important day, not just for women, but for all of us. While the world’s made large strides towards striking a balance between genders, a survey by the National Centre for Social Research revealed that a shocking 28% of respondents still believe ‘women should stay at home’.Our ‘Diversity, inclusion and equality’ webinar is open to all staff and every gender, and designed to shine a spotlight on what we can all do to close the gender gap.

March

Women and wellbeing

In our ‘Women and wellbeing’ article, we look at why women have more health and wellbeing concerns than men, sickness absence triggers, the workplace taboo of the menopause and how employees can help women’s workplace wellbeing.

Q2

April 2021

April

bWell bitesized

April is stress awareness month. So how can you best support your staff and provide access to the right tools to help them manage their own response to stress?

7th April

The bWell podcast - Lifestyle management

It’s World Health Day on 7th April, so listen to and share our 'Lifestyle management' podcast.

The bWell podcast - Lifestyle management

It’s World Health Day on 7th April, so please take time to listen to and share our 'Lifestyle management' podcast. We’ll be joined by our in-house chartered psychologists who’ll be looking at the six pillars of wellbeing that are essential to our general health.

7th April

World Health Day

The annual World Heath Day aims to create awareness of a specific health theme to highlight a priority area of concern for the World Health Organization.

7th April

Webinar – Supporting employees with long-term conditions

Long term conditions can affect anyone. While conditions such as inflammatory bowel diseases, migraines and even MS may be considered minor when compared to heart conditions, cancer or stroke, most are still limiting and debilitating.

April

A pocketful of stress – the impact of financial ill-health

The relationship between stress and finances can be direct, difficult and debilitating. In ‘A pocketful of stress’, we’ll explore the impact finances can have on our mental wellbeing and what can be done to help.

May 2021

May

bWell bitesized

With spring well and truly upon us, LifeWorks’ podcast can help get your staff walking.

May

The bWell podcast - Being well, being you

We look at what being healthy really means and why, when it comes to our health, prevention really is better than cure

The bWell podcast - Being well, being you

In our ‘Being well, being you’ podcast, we take a look at what being healthy really means and why, when it comes to our health, prevention really is better than cure.

18th May

Mental health in the workplace in a post-covid world

As we start to look at returning to something like normal, we look at the role the line manager has to play in a post-covid world.

May

Guide to creating a mental health policy

Organisations can vary considerably in how they tackle mental health, but only 33%of employers have a written policy or guidance, and less than half have a proactive wellbeing strategy1. Our guide to creating a mental health policy is designed to help you create a mental health policy, and suggests six elements to underpin any approach, strategy or policy related to mental health.

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June 2021

June

bWell bitesized

Eating healthily is one of the most important things you can do for your body. Lifeworks helps you understand the basics of a healthy diet and looks at ways to make better nutrition a part of everyday life*.

June

bWell bitesized - Eating well and planning healthy meals

Maintaining a balanced diet and eating healthily while coping with challenges can be difficult. LifeWorks’ Certified Health Education Specialist, Wendy McLaughlin answers six questions on how you can plan healthy meals – even in difficult circumstances.

June

The bWell podcast - We care

As the workforce ages, many employees are finding themselves with extra caring responsibilities. To recognise Carer’s Week, our ‘We care’ podcast in partnership with Alzheimer’s Society highlights this often missed and silent group, and explores the resources and support available to ease the pressures of caring.

The bWell podcast - We care

This month, we’re recognising Carer’s Week. As the workforce ages, many employees are finding themselves with extra caring responsibilities, The so-called ‘squeezed middle’ are juggling looking after elderly relatives with childcare, while more working parents are trying to balance working responsibilities with their children’s needs. Our ‘We care’ podcast highlights this often missed and silent group, and explores the resources and support available to ease the pressures of caring. In partnership with Alzheimer’s Society.

15th June

Webinar - Men's health

Gender-related health issues are rarely talked about at work. ‘Men’s health’ aims to increase understanding about common gender-specific health conditions, encourage communication, and educate line managers on how to support staff.

June

Who cares for the carers?

According to Carers UK, 5 million people in the UK are juggling caring responsibilities with work - that's 1 in 7 of the workforce. We look at the value of carers to the workplace, how you can support people with caring responsibilities, and help them to stay in the workplace.

Q3

July 2020

July

bWell bitesized

A monthly resource for you and your people to help support your wellbeing journey…

bWell bitesized

Despite what ABBA once said, money can be anything but funny when employees are struggling to make ends meet or manage their finances effectively. Why not have a look at your Employee Assistance Programme and find out what support they provide on financial wellbeing? There are often simple assessments staff can take to establish where they are at financially, and signposting to help.

July

The bWell podcast - financial wellbeing

Nobody likes to discuss their finances, but they can be a significant cause of stress...

The bWell podcast - financial wellbeing

Money worries can cause significant stress for people. Thinking about our short, medium and long-term financial situation, and making our money manageable can really improve not just financial wellbeing, but our personal wellbeing. Listen to the latest bWell Podcast for some handy tools and tips for help with this often tricky topic. 

July

The bWell podcast - Being Well Being You

We take a look at what being healthy really means and why, when it comes to our health, prevention really is better than cure.

The bWell podcast - Being Well Being You

Our latest podcast episode, 'Being well, being you', takes a look at what being healthy really means and why, when it comes to our health, prevention really is better than cure. Listen to our psychology and wellbeing specialists discussing how we can ensure we give ourselves the best foundation for good health at this time, and all year round.

July

Protecting mental health in the post-Covid 19 workplace

The events of the past few months have affected everyone. With the impact on our mental health still unclear, how can employers help prevent mental ill-health in the post-Covid workplace?

August 2020

6th August

Cancer in the Workplace

The number of people with cancer is on the rise. Find out how you can help employees with cancer stay at or return to work…

In association with

Cancer in the Workplace

Cancer in the workplace webinar with Maggie's Centres - Thursday 6th August at 11am

In 2015, an estimated 2.5 million people were living with cancer in the UK – a figure that’s predicted to rise to 4 million by 2030*. With an ever-increasing need to provide expert support and guidance to employers and employees affected by cancer, our webinar with Maggie’s covers:

• Diagnosed employees emotional, physical and psychological needs.
• Approaching situations with knowledge, empathy and understanding.
• Creating the right framework to support and manage employees with cancer.

*UK Cancer Prevalence Project

To register, please complete the form below.

August

bWell bitesized

A monthly resource for you and your people to help support your wellbeing journey…

In association with

bWell bitesized

Our bereavement guide was created to support both employees and employers through the unique, and often challenging, journey through grief and bereavement. If you have a bereavement policy, and especially if you don’t, perhaps ensure you have this guide readily available for line managers and staff during what can be an emotional and difficult time for everyone.

August

How employers can tackle grief in the post-Covid 19 workplace

With over 46,000 people lost to coronavirus, many of us are likely to have lost friends or family or know someone who has. So what can employers do to help manage grief and bereavement in the post-Covid workplace?

September 2020

1st September

Bereavement in the workplace

Bereavement can often be one of the last taboos in the workplace where employers are unsure of what to say, do. or of their responsibilities...

In association with

Following Grief Awareness Day on August 30th, we are delighted to partner with Child Bereavement UK to create this session in recognition of National Grief Awareness Day. This joint session will look at the general implications of bereavement – including mental health – for the individual, for colleagues and for the organisation. We’ll also cover the importance of respecting diversity in bereavement, and how companies can support bereaved employees and customers.

24th September

Cancer with Maggie's

The number of people with cancer is on the rise. Find out how you can help employees with cancer stay at or return to work…

In association with

Cancer in the workplace webinar with Maggie's Centres - Thursday 24th September at 11am

In 2015, an estimated 2.5 million people were living with cancer in the UK – a figure that’s predicted to rise to 4 million by 2030*. With an ever-increasing need to provide expert support and guidance to employers and employees affected by cancer, our webinar with Maggie’s covers:

  • Diagnosed employees emotional, physical and psychological needs.
  • Approaching situations with knowledge, empathy and understanding.
  • Creating the right framework to support and manage employees with cancer.

*UK Cancer Prevalence Project

September

BWell bitesized

A monthly resource for you and your people to help support your wellbeing journey…

BWell bitesized

Even small changes to our lifestyles can go a long way to helping to reduce our risk of cancer. Share these 5 top tips with your employees. 

September

The bWell podcast - Lifestyle and cancer

The bWell Podcast speaks to Reframe about ways to lower the risk of cancer via positive lifestyle choices...

In association with

The bWell podcast - Lifestyle and cancer

Half of people born after 1960s will be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetime* with 125,000 people of working age now receiving a cancer diagnosis every year. However, around 1 in 3 cases of the most common cancers could be prevented**, and there are ways you can lower your risk and improve your general health. In this podcast, we are joined by our partners Reframe to discuss which lifestyle changes we could make to reduce our risk of cancer.


*Cancer Risk Statistics - Cancer Research UK
**Cancer Risk Statistics - Cancer Research UK

September

Why employers need to become more suicide aware

Suicide is the leading cause of death for both men and women aged 20 to 34. These are people likely to be in employment – managers, colleagues, friends – making this an issue that, sadly, many employers and employees will have to deal with.

10th September

World Suicide Prevention Day

According to the ONS' latest figures, suicides rose by 12% in the UK during 2018.*

World Suicide Prevention Day

Suicide and suicide attempts can have lasting effects on everyone connected. World Suicide Prevention Day aims to promote awareness about suicide, mental illnesses associated with suicide, and suicide prevention. Find out more...

*Suicides in the UK: 2018 Registrations

September

World Cancer Research Day

Raising awareness of the importance of cancer research...

World Cancer Research Day

World Cancer Research Day aims to raise awareness of the importance of cancer research and keep commitment to cancer research alive. Find out more...

Q4

October 2020

8th October

Building resilience and wellbeing

2020 has challenged us all in way we haven’t seen in a lifetime. On World Mental Health Day, please join us for our online U-First workshop on the importance of resilience, movement and lifestyle management.

Building resilience and wellbeing

Building resilience and wellbeing - Thursday 8th October at 11am

2020 has affected us all in way we haven’t seen in a lifetime. Surviving and adapting to a new way of working has challenged our resilience and wellbeing. On World Mental Health Day, everyone’s welcome to join us for our online U-First workshop on the importance of resilience, movement and lifestyle management. Coming soon.

October

bWell bitesized

A monthly resource for you and your people to help support your wellbeing journey…

bWell bitesized

Neurodiversity refers to people with neurological conditions, such as dyslexia, ADHD, dyspraxia, and those on the autism spectrum. With around 1-in-7 people believed to be neurodivergent, take the bWell 123 neurodiversty challenge and see how you can help neurodiverse employees.

The bWell 123 Neurodiversity challenge:

  1. Watch this video.
  2. Read this article.
  3. Ask these questions:

Can I do more to make sure my workplace understands neurodiversity?

Do my managers have the skills to support neurodiverse staff?

What internal assistance and support can I provide for my neurodivergent employees?

Is my recruitment process inclusive?

Am I encouraging neurodivergent talent in my organisation?

Look here for more information to support your business.

1https://archive.acas.org.uk/neurodiversity

October

The bWell podcast - Sedentary behaviour and dispelling myths

Do you spend most of the working day sitting down? The bWell Podcast discusses sedentary behaviour.

The bWell podcast - Sedentary behaviour and dispelling myths

The workplace is the biggest contributor to sedentary behaviour. Sitting or being inactive for prolonged periods may be associated with increased mortality, cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes, colorectal cancer and poor mental health outcomes*. In this month’s podcast, we discuss the cost of being sedentary and ways to avoid sitting all day.

Coming in October...

*Reducing Sedentary Behaviour in the Workplace 

 

October

World Mental Health Day

Each year, 1-in-4 adults and 1-in-10 children will have a mental health issue...*

World Mental Health Day

World Mental Health Day aims to help raise mental health awareness, and ensure people dealing with mental ill-health can live better lives with dignity. Find out more...

*https://www.england.nhs.uk/mental-health

October

Back Care Awareness Week

Did you know musculoskeletal injuries, including back pain, are a top cause of short-term and long-term absence?*

Back Care Awareness Week

Back Care Awareness Week aims to shine a light on back pain in the UK with updates, information and support tools. Find out more...

*CIPD Health and Wellbeing Report 2019

October

Dyslexia Awareness Week

Dyslexia Creates - using the power of dyslexia to create ideas...

Dyslexia Awareness Week

The British Dyslexia Association looks at the invaluable contribution people with dyslexia bring to the UK, while exploring the challenges, barriers and best practice. Find out more...

October

Remote working and the risks to physical health

Since March, millions more employees have experienced the highs and lows of working at home. While benefits may include a potentially better work/life balance, among others, remote working also poses dangers to employees’ physical health that may be unexpected or go unnoticed.

22nd October

Cancer with Maggie's

The number of people with cancer is on the rise. Find out how you can help employees with cancer stay at or return to work…

In association with

Cancer in the workplace webinar with Maggie's Centres - Thursday 22nd October at 11am

In 2015, an estimated 2.5 million people were living with cancer in the UK – a figure that’s predicted to rise to 4 million by 2030*. With an ever-increasing need to provide expert support and guidance to employers and employees affected by cancer, our webinar with Maggie’s covers:

  • Diagnosed employees emotional, physical and psychological needs.
  • Approaching situations with knowledge, empathy and understanding.
  • Creating the right framework to support and manage employees with cancer.

*UK Cancer Prevalence Project

November 2020

November

bWell bitesized

A monthly resource for you and your people to help support your wellbeing journey…

bWell bitesized

According to a recent survey by the Oral Health Foundation, more than a third (38%) of British adults are snacking more since lockdown, while in the under 35s, it's a hefty 61%*.

As well as the impact sweet, sugary treats can have on our physical health, they can also affect our oral health. But some simple lifestyle changes can make all the difference. Why not challenge your colleagues to embrace healthier options for a month to protect their oral health?

Here are some handy tips about good (and bad) snacks, information and resources about improving your oral health and Unum Dental’s 'You know the drill' infographic on healthy teeth.

And for the complete lowdown on snacking during lockdown, read the Oral Health Foundation's article.

*https://www.dentalhealth.org/News/lockdown-leading-to-increased-snacking-culture-claims-charity

November

The bWell podcast - The importance of oral health

As part of Mouth Cancer Action Month, we’re focusing on our oral health – an essential ingredient to our general health and wellbeing. Our latest podcast with practicing dentist, Dr Tharnaa Abdullah, looks at the importance of good oral health and hygiene, and how simple changes can reduce the risks associated with poor oral health .

The bWell podcast - The importance of oral health

As part of Mouth Cancer Action Month, we are focusing on our oral health, an essential ingredient to general health and wellbeing. Healthy mouths aid nutrition and enhance social interactions, while promoting self-esteem and wellbeing. Our latest podcast with practicing dentist, Dr Tharnaa Abdullah, looks at the importance of good oral health and hygiene, and how simple lifestyle behaviour changes can reduce the risks associated with poor oral health.

November

Mouth Cancer Action Month

Mouth cancer claims more lives than cervical and testicular cancer combined…

Mouth Cancer Action Month

Last year, more than 8,000 people in the UK were diagnosed with mouth cancer**. Yet regular dental check-ups can ensure the warning signs are spotted early. Find out about Mouth Cancer Action month here.

*Mouth Cancer Action Month 2019
*Mouth Cancer Action Month 2019

November

Why it’s time to focus on oral health

The Covid-19 pandemic has changed many aspects of our daily lives – how we work, socialise and how we keep healthy. But one area that’s been pushed to the sidelines is our oral health. With most dentists now open to patients and November being Mouth Cancer Action Month, read ‘Why it’s time to focus on oral health’.

26th November

Cancer in the Workplace webinar

The number of people with cancer is on the rise. Find out how you can help employees with cancer stay at or return to work…

In association with

Cancer in the workplace webinar with Maggie's Centres - Thursday 26th November 10am.

In 2015, an estimated 2.5 million people were living with cancer in the UK – a figure that’s predicted to rise to 4 million by 2030*. With an ever-increasing need to provide expert support and guidance to employers and employees affected by cancer, our webinar with Maggie’s covers:

• Diagnosed employees emotional, physical and psychological needs.
• Approaching situations with knowledge, empathy and understanding.
• Creating the right framework to support and manage employees with cancer.

*The Changing Story of Cancer

November

How to write a mental health policy

Building an effective framework to tackle mental health needs effective leadership, good people management and clear policies to ensure everyone’s treated fairly. Our guide highlights the key principles and best practice elements that underpin an effective mental health policy.

How to write a mental health policy

Organisations can vary considerably in how they tackle mental health. Building an effective framework needs effective leadership, good people management and clear policies to ensure everyone’s treated fairly and consistently. Our guide highlights the key principles and best practice elements that underpin an effective mental health policy. Coming soon...

December 2020

December

Energy advent calendar

As much as most of us look forward to Christmas and the festive period, it can sometimes be a touch stressful and a strain on the wallet. We're to help you with our advent wellbeing calendar.

Energy advent calendar

Christmas can sometimes be a time for over indulgence as we eat, drink and be merry. But let's face it, it can also be a touch stressful and a strain on the wallet.

We're to help you this festive period with our advent wellbeing calendar.

Open one tip each day to keep you healthy, wealthy and wise!

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