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Recognising and tackling Blue Monday wellbeing

Published 22 January 2018 | Written by Andrew Sharp
CategoriesMental health Stress

As part of our staff wellbeing, we recognised the challenges that January can sometimes bring in terms of personal motivation for our workforce. The fun of the holiday season has faded, purse strings are tightened as pay day seems further away than usual, and as if January weather isn’t bad enough, Storm Eleanor brought more wind and rain than usual….


Stress Break Rota

Published 18 December 2017 | Written by Darren Peck
CategoriesRest Stress Worker fatigue

The project team at the Grosvenor Crescent site were under a lot of pressure to deliver a difficult project on time, budget and to a very high standard. This resulted in a few colleagues noting they may be showing signs of stress. As a result of this, the project team devised a Stress Break Rota. This entailed members of the…


How to beat post-holiday blues

Published 7 November 2017 | Written by Jeremy Bayliss
CategoriesRest Worker fatigue

There is nothing better than coming back from a holiday and having a welcoming email waiting for you in your inbox with some gentle steps to help you to settle down back into your working routine and to help you to overcome those Holiday Blues. Our welcome e-mail reads as follows: I hope you have had an amazing holiday and…


BioDot Survey to Measure Stress On-Site

Published 7 November 2017 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesMental health Recreation Rest Stress

Stress can lead to or be caused by mental health problems. Monitoring of stress and taking action to reduce stress can vastly improve someone’s mental health. See the examples below for how one site addressed this: The site conducted a BioDot survey of the workforce as part of Stress Awareness Week. BioDots are a small adhesive dot placed on a…


Mental health awareness coasters

Published 6 October 2017 | Written by Katy Hallatt
CategoriesCanteen Mental health

Overbury have been working with CALM (The Campaign Against Living Miserably) to spread the message that talking about mental health can help save lives. We have done this through the use of humorous coasters around the site canteen, offices and meeting rooms. These have proved very popular as an engaging way of getting the message across, and are discreet enough…


NHS mental health services

Published 15 August 2017 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesMental health Stress

The National Health Service offers mental health support for those struggling with conditions such as depression and anxiety. The NHS’s dedicated mental health page directs to mental health services available in your area. It also provides advice on specific conditions and on issues that can contribute to mental ill health, such as bereavement and financial worries. For urgent but not…


Emojional Feelings Welcome Board

Published 1 August 2017 | Written by Sean Kelly
CategoriesMental health Open door policy Stress

At Wandsworth Riverside Quarter, we’ve designed our very own ‘Emojional’ welcome board for all operatives and visitors to see upon arrival to site. As part of our ‘open door policy’ we want to encourage positive communication between site management and our operatives on site. We believe that the use of Emojis is very positive and very up to date with…


“Clearly Wellness” scheme used to promote a healthy lifestyle

Published 26 June 2017 | Written by Jeremy Bayliss
CategoriesHealthy lifestyle advice Mental health Recreation Rest Stress

“Clearly Wellness” is a scheme to promote living a healthy lifestyle through regular exercise, healthy diet and mental well being. Each week we would complete a questionnaire, in confidence asking the following questions: Age Weight Fat percentage Blood pressure Resting heart rate Average Bed time and Wake time From 1-10 how would you assess your stress levels at work (1 being…


Beating the Mental Health Stigma

Published 12 May 2017 | Written by Fiona Power
CategoriesMental health Stress Worker fatigue

The project has identified mental health as a key focus for 2017. To kick off the year in a positive light, presentations on mental health awareness were delivered to the workforce as part of our safe start following the Christmas period. The presentation reiterated how to identify the symptoms of stress and fatigue and how to foster positive mental health. Following…


Relaxation Room

Published 27 April 2017 | Written by Colin Draper
CategoriesRest Stress Worker fatigue

In 2014/15 the top work related illnesses were to do with stress, depression and anxiety, and work related pressures are often a cause or major contributor. Site management roles are often highly stressed with a high sickness rate compared to other roles. It is widely accepted that rather than a short-term knee jerk reaction to health, looking at employee’s long-term…


‘Time to talk’ sessions

Published 27 April 2017 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesCounselling services Mental health Stress

Mental health is a vital issue in the construction industry. Considerate employers who value their workforce will prioritise mental wellbeing alongside physical health. See the examples below for how one site achieved this: Introduced weekly ‘time to talk’ sessions, with a psychologist visiting the site once a week. Operatives were encouraged to discuss mental health and any stress-related issues with…


Mental health at work matters

Published 28 March 2017 | Written by Jeremy Bayliss
CategoriesInclusion Mental health Open door policy

We have started a new campaign at Clearly Renovations to break the taboo of not talking about mental health and its effect on people’s lives. 1 in 4 people are affected by mental illness and suicide is still the single biggest cause of death for men under 45. Sadly, there is still some stigma around this health issue; many suffer…


Spotlight on… campaign posters

Published 17 March 2017 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesAlcohol testing Campaigns Diversity Drugs and alcohol policy Drugs testing Guidance Illegal workers Mental health Modern slavery Occupational health risks Posters Scheme posters/banners Signage Signage Stress Workforce

Spotlight on… posters have been designed for general display in and around site welfare facilities. The Scheme has developed a collection of A3 posters from the series of ‘Spotlight on…’ awareness campaigns. This resource has proven valuable for display on site and raising awareness amongst the workforce and visitors. To download a free electronic version, please click on the links below.


The Sides of March

Published 27 February 2017 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesMedical conditions Mental health Stress

The Sides of March is a month-long charity event organised by the Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM). The event encourages men to grow their sideburns to raise money for CALM, and raise awareness of their efforts to prevent male suicide. Suicide is the single biggest killer of British men under the age of 45, with men accounting for 75% of…


Mental Health – CALM

Published 22 February 2017 | Written by Michaela Horner
CategoriesCharities/organisations Medical conditions Mental health Stress

My name is Michaela Horner and I work for Wates Construction and have been asked to share my story. In October 2015 sadly my older brother (45 years of age) took his own life. He suffered with depression for 20 years. He had a good job in banking, 2 children, a partner of 20 years and a lovely home. We lost…