Wellbeing in the workplace - taster sessions

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To help our customers learn more about the training we offer, we are holding a series of three-hour taster sessions in January 2020. These sessions have been designed to give you insight into our wellbeing workshops and whether they would work for your organisation.

The taster sessions are being held across the UK on the following dates:

  • 14 January 2020, Bullring, Birmingham
  • 15 January 2020, Trafford Centre, Manchester
  • 31 January 2020, Holiday Inn, London Wembley

All sessions will run from 10.30am to 1.30pm.

Which topics will be covered?

Each session will give you a brief overview of the following topics:

  1. Managing drug and alcohol misuse in the workplace

Up to 17 million working days are lost each year in the UK because of substance-related sickness, and up to 40% of accidents at work involve or are related to, alcohol use. Some organisations respond to drug and alcohol misuse on a reactive basis when a preventive approach is safer and more effective. Many organisations aren’t clear about their duty of care, and how far they can take the conversation.

  1. Supporting others experiencing emotional distress

Managers often feel uncertain about what best practice for supporting colleagues looks like which only adds to their workload and pressure. It can be a real challenge to help colleagues to perform well when emotional distress appears to be a barrier and a disproportionate amount of time can be spent supporting some team members, distracting from other business priorities.

  1. Suicide prevention in the retail sector

An average of 16 people die by suicide every day in the UK – this is everyone’s business. Many people lack the confidence to talk about suicide and are unsure about how to help a colleague who is suicidal without ‘making things worse’.

Managers in retail face unique challenges both in terms of the frequency of being called on to support, and being prepared for specific scenarios which are unique to the sector.


As well as providing an overview, the sessions will offer valuable information and guidance on the main wellbeing themes in the retail sector including:

  • The prevalence of drug and alcohol misuse in the workplace.
  • The impact of drug and alcohol misuse on individuals and how it can affect their own performance, and that of their team.
  • How managerial intervention can support your existing organisational drug and alcohol use policies.
  • How to approach people in distress before their problems impact on their performance.
  • How to maintain professional boundaries when signposting colleagues in distress to the most appropriate route of external support.
  • The unique challenges involved in responding to suicidal colleagues in the retail sector.
  • Understanding your role in preventing suicide in the workplace.

These sessions are free of charge but places are limited and restricted to two people per organisation. Each delegate is required to complete the following form to register for their preferred workshop.

If you have any questions about the sessions, please email Cliff Lee our Head of Wellbeing at [email protected]

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