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 2020

15th January

2020 Wellbeing Calendar

Introducing our new-look 2020 Wellbeing Calendar. Join us to find out how to use it effectively and help your employees’ resilience, health and wellbeing…

2020 Wellbeing Calendar

We’re aiming to do even more to supplement and support businesses of all sizes in your wellbeing events and initiatives. Join Clare Hallmey (Wellbeing Manager at Oracle) and Beth Husted (Unum’s Rehabilitation and Wellbeing Manager) at 11am on Wednesday 15th January for an interactive webinar highlighting the benefits of a focused, holistic and tailored approach to all types of wellbeing, and how the 2020 calendar complements your total wellbeing strategy.

January

bWell bitesized

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

January

The bWell podcast - Alcohol

In this month’s podcast, we’re joined by Ian Blake from Drinkaware to talk frankly about our relationship with alcohol…

In association with

January

9 steps to wellbeing on a budget

Our first wellbeing article of 2020 offers steps to kick-off your wellbeing strategy, even if your budget is stretched…

January

Dry January

31 booze-free days to kick off the year…

February 2020

February

bWell bitesized

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

February

The bWell podcast - Diversity

As part of LGBT History Month, we’re joined by members of Unum’s LGBTQ+ community to chat about workplace diversity…

February

How to maintain good habits

Once February arrives, it can be easy to fall back into old habits. This article suggests ways to help maintain those new year’s resolutions…

February

LGBT History Month

Promoting equality and diversity: February is LGBT History Month

4th February

World Cancer Day

Take action against cancer on World Cancer Day…

6th February

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 webinar with Maggie's Centres - Thursday 6th February 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

6th February

Time to Talk Day

It's time to be open about mental health on Time to Talk Day...

March 2020

10th March

Not just 'women's issues'

Recognising International Women’s Day 2020, our women’s issues webinar welcomes both women and men to promote a workplace culture which is truly #EachforEqual…

International Women’s Day celebrates women’s achievements, but recognises there’s a lot of work still to do to challenge stereotypes, fight bias, broaden perceptions and improve situations. Women’s issues in the workplace can sometimes pass men by, so we’re inviting everyone to find out more about the key issues half the workforce faces and how we can all help create a gender-equal workplace culture. 

Register to join us for the Not just 'women's issues' webinar: Tuesday 10th March, 11am.

March

bWell bitesized

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

March

Closing the gender gap on health and wellbeing

We look at what employers can do to close the gender gap on wellbeing.

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

March

The bWell podcast - Menopause

What exactly is the menopause? This month’s bWell podcast delves into the often taboo subject...

8th March

International Women's Day

International Women's Day. Let's all be #EachforEqual...

13th March

World Sleep Day

World Sleep Day, a celebration of all things sleep!

Q2

April 2020

7th April

The impact of technology on stress

While advances in technology bring many positives, it can also be a huge source of stress. Our updated stress workshop focuses on the part technology has to play…

In association with

Technology can be a real positive when it comes to managing workplace stress, providing solutions and offering more work/life integration. But its failure and the modern ‘always on’ culture can be a massive cause of stress. For our latest interactive webinar, we're joined by Jonathan Garner of Mind Over Tech to look at how we can support our staff to prevent and manage workplace stress, with a particular focus on technology. 

The impact of technology on stress - 7th April, 11am.

 

April

bWell bitesized

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

bWell bitesized

The CIPD’s 2019 Health and Wellbeing report highlighted that a third (32%) of organisations who said stress-related absence had increased over the past year are doing nothing about it. Stress Awareness Month is the ideal time to shine a light on the state of stress at work, and review your own business’ approach to what is an increasing problem. Visit the HSE’s page for ideas on how you can help reduce stress at work.

 

April

The bWell podcast - technology and wellbeing

The bWell Podcast takes a look at our relationship with technology.

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The bWell podcast - technology and wellbeing

This month's bWell Podcast takes a look at our personal technology habits and things we can do to re-establish our relationship with technology to focus on what really matters.

We are joined by Jonathan Garner, founder of Mind Over Tech, whose company helps identify digital habits, guide and develop a plan to help people become more intentional, balanced, engaged and effective.

Listen to previous episodes of the bWell podcast here

 

April

The light and shade of technology

What has been the impact of tech’s increasing importance in our work and home lives, and how can employers take steps to embrace the positives while minimising the negatives?

April

Stress Awareness Month

Raising awareness of stress and its associated mental health issues in Stress Awareness Month...

Stress Awareness Month

Held every April since 1992, Stress Awareness Month aims to raise awareness of the causes and cures of our modern stress epidemic. Find out more...

7th April

World Health Day

Celebrating World Health Day and tackling important health issues...

World Health Day

On the 7th April, The World Health Organisation celebrates World Health Day with an aim to create awareness of a specific health theme to highlight a priority area of concern. This year, World Health Day highlights giving people access to healthcare without the prospect of financial hardship. Find out more...

May 2020

19th May

Mental health at work

A real coup this month as the renowned (and royal-endorsed) Mental Health at Work team joins us for our webinar recognising Mental Health Awareness Week…

In association with

For Mental Health Awareness Week, we’re hugely excited to be joined by the Mental Health at Work team.

The team created a website endorsed by Prince William and MIND, which houses everything employers might need to know about mental health, including case studies, videos, useful links and research.

In this interactive session, we review the challenges businesses face regarding mental health and demonstrate how the website can support you.

Mental health at Work webinar - Tuesday 19th May, 11am

May

bWell bitesized

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

bWell bitesized

With it being National Walking Month, it’s the ideal time to get your colleagues walking! Why not sign up to a step challenge? There’s nothing like a bit of healthy competition to get people engaged. And the effects of walking more are proven – both physically and on your emotional wellbeing. Take a look at the Step Challenge website for some ideas, and revisit our podcast on how Unum created – and objectively measured – our own walking challenge.

May

The bWell podcast - Mindfulness

What is mindfulness? This month’s podcast takes a look at personal wellbeing beyond just the physical…

The bWell podcast - Mindfulness

Being healthy is more than just taking care of yourself physically. It’s also about looking after your emotional health. Mindfulness might sound like a tweet from Gwyneth Paltrow, but it’s actually a valuable tool to aid personal wellbeing, with researched and tangible results on mental health. Our podcast talks you through what mindfulness is – and how you can incorporate it into your everyday life.

Listen to previous episodes of the bWell podcast here

May

National Walking Month

Leave your car at home and walk to work this May!

National Walking Month

As we head into summer, it's the perfect time to leave the car at home and walk to work to celebrate National Walking Month! Find out more...

May

Mental Health Awareness Week

Take stock of your own mental health this week...

Mental Health Awareness Week

The Mental Health Foundation's Mental Health Awareness Week aims to find and address the sources of mental health problems. Find out more...

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May

What can employers learn from mindfulness?

What is mindfulness, what are the benefits, does it suit everyone and is it something that has tangible benefits to offer business?

June 2020

9th June

Keep calm and carry on caring

According to Carers UK, 1-in-7 people were juggling work with caring responsibilities in 2018, while 600 gave up work every day to care for relatives.*

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. This webinar highlights this often missed and silent group, and explores the resources and support available to ease the pressures of caring.

*Juggling Work and Unpaid Care

Keep calm and carry on caring webinar, 9th June, 11am. Register below...

June

The bWell podcast - healthy eating

Can your diet improve your mood? We discuss the benefits of good nutrition in the latest bWell Podcast with Wellbeing24...

In association with

The bWell podcast - healthy eating

Summer sees the orchards heavy with fruit and allotments groaning with veg, so it’s the perfect time for Healthy Eating Week. Our podcast highlights all the things we need to think about when it comes to nutrition. Wellbeing is holistic and nurturing yourself through your diet can improve your mood, memory, weight – and help you stay healthy.

June

bWell bitesized

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

bWell bitesized

We’ve all heard the phrase ‘everything in moderation’, but instead of using it as an excuse to chomp on chocs and crunch on crisps, why not get your colleagues to take part in a food switch activity? Get everyone to try it for Healthy Eating Week and let your employees see for themselves the benefits it can bring.

8th - 14th June

Carers Week

Celebrating the annual campaign to raise awareness of caring...

June

How to improve men’s health in the workplace

When it comes to health, men do less well than women. How do businesses ensure their health and wellbeing initiatives resonate as much as possible?

June

British Nutritional Foundation's Healthy Eating Week

How's your diet? It's BNF Healthy Eating Week...

British Nutritional Foundation's Healthy Eating Week

The British Nutrition Foundation's (BNF) Health Eating Week encourages organisations across the UK to focus on healthy eating and drinking, physical activity and celebrating healthy living. Find out more...

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

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...

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

For Mouth Cancer Action Month, we're joined by the Oral Health Foundation to talk good oral health and hygiene...

In association with

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. Simple lifestyle behaviour changes can make an impact on the risk associated with oral health issues. Our latest podcast, delivered in partnership with the Oral Health Foundation, discusses the importance of good oral health and hygiene.

Coming in November...

November

Dental health

Coming soon…

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

December 2020

December

Energy advent calendar

Coming soon…

Energy advent calendar

Coming soon…