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.

22nd April

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…

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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.

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.

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.

Q3

July 2021

July

bWell bitesized - Put the 'U' in JUly

Summer is finally here, and it’s time to allow ourselves to feel good. After a 2020 that challenged us like no other, take the opportunity to indulge in a little compassion and self-care with our ‘5 ways to wellbeing’ infographic and LifeWorks’ ’50 ways to practice self-care’.

July

The bWell podcast - Mid-year mindfulness

In our busy home and working lives, how many of us really take the time to ‘stop and smell the roses’? In our ‘Mid-year mindfulness’ podcast, we’re joined by our in-house mindfulness practitioner, Hayley, who’ll explore simple ways that allow people to really be in the moment.

The bWell podcast - Mid-year mindfulness

One of the ‘5 ways to wellbeing’ is 'take notice'. But in our busy home and working lives, how many of us really take the time to ‘stop and smell the roses’? Mindfulness is proven to benefit our mental and physical wellbeing. And it’s for everyone, helping conditions such as stress, anxiety, depression, addictive behaviours, and problems like hypertension, heart disease and chronic pain*. So it’s no surprise that employers across the globe are introducing mindfulness to the workplace.

In our ‘Mid-year mindfulness’ podcast, we’re joined by our in-house mindfulness practitioner, Hayley, who will explore simple ways that allow people to really be in the moment.

*https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/sites/default/files/How%20to...mindfulness.pdf

July

How an EAP can enhance 5 ways to wellbeing

The New Economics Foundation's ‘5 ways to wellbeing’ have been established as a global framework for good mental and physical wellbeing. But what are they and how can the support of an Employee Assistance Programme really help employees to get the best out of them?

August 2021

August

bWell bitesized – Bereavement support

According to the National Bereavement Alliance, over half a million people die each year in England alone, while Covid-19 left many people unable to see a dying loved one or even have a proper funeral. Now, more than ever, offering the right support to a bereaved person is essential.

August

bWell podcast - Dealing with bereavement

To mark National Grief Awareness Day on August 30th, our podcast in partnership with Child Bereavement UK explores dealing with bereavement. Designed for those who are experiencing bereavement and colleagues who are working with a bereaved person, we’ll look at the general implications of bereavement – including mental health, the importance of respecting diversity in bereavement, and how we can all support bereaved employees.

bWell podcast - Dealing with bereavement

To mark National Grief Awareness Day on August 30th, we’re partnering with Child Bereavement UK to deliver our podcast on dealing with bereavement.

Designed for those who are experiencing bereavement and colleagues who are working with a bereaved person, we’ll look at the general implications of bereavement – including mental health – on individuals and their colleagues. We’ll also cover the importance of respecting diversity in bereavement, and how all of us can help support bereaved employees.

August

Guide to supporting grieving and bereaved employees at work

At any time, one in 10 people in the UK are likely to be affected by bereavement. Our ‘Guide to supporting grieving and bereaved employees at work’, explores the impact of bereavement, how and why employers should support employees, plus links to practical tools designed to help employees and employers through the often challenging journey through grief and bereavement.

30th August

National Grief Awareness Day

Coming soon...

September 2021

10th September

World Suicide Prevention Day

Coming soon...

September

Better working environments to boost wellbeing

We spend around a third of our lives just doing our jobs. So it’s little wonder that our working environment can have a huge impact on our health and wellbeing. ‘Better working environments to boost wellbeing’ shows employers how to improve both the physical and mental aspects of the workplace, and how having good support and initiatives can improve health and resilience, and reduce the risks associated with cancer, mental ill-health and suicide.

24th September

World Cancer Research Day

Raising awareness of the importance of cancer research...

24th September

bWell bitesized - Marathon in a month for cancer research

24th September sees the organisations fighting against cancer across the world come together for World Cancer Research Day. So why not use this ideal time to combine cancer fundraising with mood and wellbeing-enhancing physical activity? Join thousands of others and get involved in the Marathon in a Month Challenge.

September

bWell bitesized - Top tips to reduce our risk of cancer

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 - SHUSH, it’s time to talk

SHUSH is an acronym used by the Samaritans, designed to provide active listening tips. Our ‘SHUSH, it’s time to talk ‘podcast focuses on what we can all do to try and boost our mood, look after each other’s mental health, the ‘Ask Twice’ initiative and how employers can break down the taboo of talking about suicide. Remember, reaching out really could save a life.

The bWell podcast - SHUSH, it’s time to talk

SHUSH is an acronym used by the Samaritans and provides five simple tips for active listening.

Our ‘SHUSH, it’s time to talk ‘podcast focuses on what we can all do to try and boost our mood, look after each other’s mental health, Time to Change’s ‘Ask Twice’ initiative and how employers can break down the taboo of talking about suicide. Many people may worry that bringing the subject up will be intrusive or make things worse, but reaching out really could save a life.

September

Cancer in the workplace

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.

In association with

Q4

October 2021

October

Black History Month

Coming soon...

4th - 8th October

Back Care Awareness Week

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

10th October

World Mental Health Day

Coming soon...

October

bWell bitesized - Move it! Move it!

The 4th to 8th October is Back Care Awareness Week. Around 1 in 5 people in the UK experience back pain, not helped by the nine hours a day we spend sitting on our backsides. So why not encourage your employees to get on their feet and like the slightly annoying lemur in the Madagascar films says: “Move it! Move it!”

October

The bWell podcast - Sedentary behaviour and dispelling myths

Sitting is now the new smoking. Sitting or being inactive for prolonged periods can be associated with a number of health issues, including obesity, heart problems, stroke, type 2 diabetes, colorectal cancer, mental ill-health, and even early death. In this month’s podcast, we look at the cost of being sedentary and ways we can get back on our feet.

The bWell podcast - Sedentary behaviour and dispelling myths

Sitting is now the new smoking. Just spending too much time sitting around can be linked to around 70,000 deaths each year in the UK*. Our sedentary lifestyles can be associated with a number of health issues, including obesity, heart problems, stroke, type 2 diabetes, colorectal cancer, mental ill-health, and perhaps unsurprisingly given all this – lead to an early death. In this month’s podcast, we look deeper at the cost of being sedentary and explore ways we can get back on our feet.

*https://www.bmj.com/company/newsroom/spending-too-much-time-sitting-down-linked-to-around-50000-deaths-per-year-in-the-uk/

7th October

Diversity and wellbeing

In recognition of Black History Month, our ‘Diversity and wellbeing’ webinar recognises the impact that being in a minority group can have on wellbeing and mental health. We’ll also look at the effect that ignorance, a lack of awareness and inaction can have, and how diversity can benefit your business.

October

A history of racism at work - why Black Lives Matter

Sadly, even in the 21st century, it seems that some people still need to be persuaded that Black Lives Matter. But it’s only by exploring our past that we can truly understand and improve our futures. Our article looks at racism in the workplace, the strides made for change and what we call do to educate ourselves, and usher in a truly diverse and equal workforce.

November 2021

1st - 30th November

Mouth Cancer Action Month

Coming soon...

November

bWell bitesized - You know the drill

According to a 2020 survey by the Oral Health Foundation, more than a third (38%) of British adults snacked more during the first lockdown, while in the under 35s, it was a hefty 61%. Two more lockdowns in, 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.

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 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 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.

9th - 13th November

Talk Money Week

Coming soon...

November

The bWell podcast - Money and mood

According to Money Advice Service, 1 in 5 UK adults say they are drowning in debt and money worries. Financial troubles can have a direct impact on our mental health, while poor mental health can make it difficult to manage our money. In recognition of Talk Money Week, our ‘Money and mood’ podcast with Nudge explores ways employers can support employees’ financial and mental wellbeing.

The bWell podcast - Money and mood

According to Money Advice Service, 1 in 5 UK adults say they are drowning in debt and money worries. Almost half of us (49%) are in the red to the tune of more than £4,000*. Financial troubles can have a direct impact on our mental health, while poor mental health can make it difficult to manage our money and pay off our bills. It’s a vicious circle that can be difficult to break. In recognition of Talk Money Week’, our ‘Money and mood’ podcast with Nudge explores ways employers can support employees’ financial and mental wellbeing.

* https://www.moneyadviceservice.org.uk/en/corporate/money-on-the-mind--a-nation-feeling-the-cost

16th - 22nd November

Alcohol Awareness Week

Coming soon...

November

The sweet spot? The bitter truth about sugar

In 2016, the government challenged the food and hospitality industry to reduce sugar in foods by 20% to tackle obesity and its associated health conditions. Our article looks at sugar and ill-health, the latest findings on the impact of reduced sugar, and ways to stay healthy.

December 2021

December

Advent energiser

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 energiser.