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Workplace wellbeing

The University is dedicated to supporting and improving the wellbeing of its staff and workplace. On this page you will find options for workplace-related wellbeing support within the university, a helpline for education staff, and resources on common workplace wellbeing topics.

Trade Unions
Human Resources
Mediation Service

Helplines
Resources

Trade Unions

Trade union representatives are trained to deal with and support employees with any workplace related matters of concern. 

University and College Union (UCU)

UCU is the largest trade union and professional association for academics, lecturers, trainers, researchers, and academic-related staff working in further and higher education throughout the UK.

Join the UCU today: http://standrewsunions.org/ucu/
Email: ucu@st-andrews.ac.uk

Unite

http://www.unitetheunion.org/

Unite is the largest manufacturing union in the United Kingdom, with over 1.4 million members in the public and private sectors.

For local information contact unitemail@st-andrews.ac.uk

Unison

unison.org.uk

Unison is a UK union representing full- and part- time staff who provide public services in the public and private sectors.

For local information contact unisonmail@st-andrews.ac.uk


     

Human Resources

The Human Resources team provides advice and support to all University staff on any employment issue. The University has a ‘business partner’ approach whereby each School and Unit has a dedicated HR officer.

Website: https://www.st-andrews.ac.uk/hr/supportandadvice/
Phone: +44 (0) 1334 463096
Email: humres@st-andrews.ac.uk


     

Mediation Service

Mediation is a confidential, impartial, and voluntary process in which trained mediators help people in dispute work out an agreement. This service is available for any staff who wants to resolve disagreement informally. Mediation is also available for groups or teams seeking a collaborative, inclusive framework for problem solving issues.

Email mediation@st-andrews.ac.uk to arrange a time to discuss, in confidence, how mediation can help. The service operates independently and confidentially.


     

Helplines

Education Support

Education Support is a UK charity dedicated to supporting the mental health and wellbeing of education staff in schools, colleges and universities. 

Their helpline is free and confidential, available to all serving and retired teachers, lecturers and staff in education (primary, secondary, further or higher education) in England, Wales and Scotland 24/7, 365 days a year.

https://www.educationsupport.org.uk/
Call: 08000 562 561
Or text: 07909 341229 (answered within 24 hours)


     

Resources

Burnout

Burnout is characterised by feelings of emotional, physical, and mental exhaustion that can be caused by excessive and prolonged stress. To learn about burnout and how to avoid it, visit NHS’ Working Well website resources: https://www.workingwellglos.nhs.uk/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/Burnout-how-to-avoid-it.pdf

TED, an American conference platform, has organised a playlist of talks for when you feel totally burned out: https://www.ted.com/playlists/245/talks_for_when_you_feel_totall

Imposter Syndrome

Imposter syndrome is a way of thinking that often manifests as feelings of self-doubt and incompetence that hinders one in accepting their achievements and position in life. People who experience imposter syndrome may feel as if they are a fraud, and that they do not belong in the environment they are in.

The University of Edinburgh has a guide on imposter syndrome and how to manage it: http://www.docs.hss.ed.ac.uk/iad/Researchers/Research_staff/Imposter_Syndrome.pdf

Perfectionism

Perfectionism is a mindset that demands excessively high standards from either oneself or from others. Many academics have perfectionist tendencies and beliefs, and studies have shown that perfectionism can lower productivity among researchers and professors.

To learn more about perfectionism and how to manage it, visit this page from Moodcafe, a website managed by NHS Fife: https://www.moodcafe.co.uk/mental-health-info/depression/perfectionism.aspx

Th Centre for Clinical Interventions also has a free self-help module on perfectionism and how to reduce perfectionist behaviours: https://www.cci.health.wa.gov.au/Resources/For-Clinicians/Perfectionism

Procrastination

Academic procrastination can be an issue faced by university teachers and faculty. Examples of procrastination can be unnecessarily delaying the completion of small tasks or putting off writing or submitting a thesis or research proposal.

To learn more about academic procrastination and how to handle it, visit https://solvingprocrastination.com/academic-procrastination/  This website was created by Itamar Shatz, a PhD candidate at Cambridge University.

The Centre for Clinical Interventions has a free self-help module on overcoming problematic procrastination: https://www.cci.health.wa.gov.au/Resources/Looking-After-Yourself/Procrastination

Smart Working

Smart Working is “an approach to organising work that aims to drive greater efficiency and effectiveness, enhancing personal and organisational outcomes through a combination of flexibility, autonomy and collaboration, utilising a range of practices, technologies and working environments.”

In other words, smart working is about working in the right place, using the right at the right time, depending on the type of work you are doing - which may change during a working day or week. It’s also about approaches that facilitate collaboration, use new technology, and which place more emphasis on results than on simply being present.

We want to create a workplace that gives you the workspaces and tools to do what you do in the most effective way it can be done.

More information is available in the Smart Working webpage.

Support for Line Managers

The Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD), a UK association for human resource management professionals, has free support and resource materials for line managers. Access their resources here: https://www.cipd.co.uk/knowledge/fundamentals/people/line-manager

Supporting Students Guide

Work-life Balance

An unhealthy work-life balance can occur when one’s work and work-related stress interferes with one’s personal time. To learn more about unhealthy work-life balances, how to help yourself and how your workplace can help, please visit the Mental Health Foundation’s resources: https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/a-to-z/w/work-life-balance

Take Education Support’s work-life balance assessment tool: https://www.educationsupport.org.uk/resources/online-tools/self-evaluation-online-tools/work-life-balance

Wellbeing & Engagement Group
E: wellbeingforstaff@st-andrews.ac.uk

 

In Crisis Now?

If you or anyone is in immediate risk of serious harm:

Call emergency services on 999 (to call from a university extension dial 9999)

Call the University Security and Response Team (Open 24/7): 01334 46 8999 (to call from a university extension dial 8999)