Leeds Trinity University has been shortlisted
in the Universities Human Resources (UHR) 2019 Awards for Exceptional HR Team of the Year, in
recognition of the University’s holistic approach to engagement, health and wellbeing.
In January 2017, Leeds Trinity was one of the
first universities to launch Juice,
an online portal created to support the health and wellbeing of its 450
academic and professional staff.
Employees can benefit from regular health
checks, weekly fruit deliveries, mindfulness workshops, Tai Chi and Learning
Lunches which cover topics such as mental health, nutrition and financial
wellbeing. These sessions are free, and staff can attend during their working
Since the launch of Juice, there has been a 13%
increase in the number of staff (56% to 69%) who believe that the University is
effective in supporting wellbeing, with this figure likely to rise by 2020.
More recently, the University also launched a
more positive approach to Absence Management, which ensures that anyone
experiencing illness due to mental health is fully supported by HR and line
managers, through a “Day 1” reporting mechanism. This was supplemented by
Mental Health Awareness training delivered by Leeds Mind.
This proactive approach has meant that mental
health absences at Leeds Trinity are now 3.4% lower than the sector target,
with the HR team supporting employees returning to work after suffering from
complex and serious mental health illness.
Darren Worsnop, Head of HR Systems and Projects
at Leeds Trinity University, said: “We are delighted that Leeds Trinity has
been shortlisted at the UHR Awards. It is great to see that our commitment to
staff wellbeing through Juice has been recognised for the second year running
and the impact this has had alongside our Absence Management policy.
“The Exceptional HR category identifies
innovative and effective practices, and we want to ensure that our employees
are happy and feel supported both in and outside of work.”
Juice, which features a wealth of online
information resources including an activities calendar to promote positive
lifestyle changes, was co-founded by Leeds Trinity alumnus Gary Butterfield.
The University is one of the first in the country to implement the Juice
winner will be announced at an awards ceremony on Thursday 23 May at the UHR
Conference Awards Gala Dinner in Manchester.