Employees are offered flexible options to help them organise their lives outside work, whether they are caring for children or adult dependants, undertaking voluntary work or developing their personal, creative or educational talents. The Ulster Bank (UB) Choice programme promotes and facilitates employees in working flexibly. Options include working from home, part-time working and variable hours.
We believe in promoting the health and well-being of our employees at work, but also at home. To attract and retain a motivated team, we have put the following programmes in place to support them to meet the objectives and challenges of their busy working lives.
We are committed to ensuring the appropriate resources and support is available to our employees to help maintain and improve wellbeing.
We provide Occupational Health services to ensure that employees with health conditions receive the specialist support they need. In addition to providing support for those employees who are ill, we have committed to adopting a proactive approach to helping our employees identify and manage health risk.
To that end, we recently launched our online Wellbeing Centre and invited employees to register and take part in a voluntary online health assessment - one of the services designed to support early diagnosis as part of a wider programme of health management.
In August 2015 we ran a wellbeing Fortnight and launched our Wellbeing Portal bringing tighter a range if resources on the following themes
· Healthy eating
· Physical activity
· Managing change
· Flexible Working
We also launched a number of specific well-being initiatives to support our people leaders
· Managing Change – upskilling people leaders to lead their teams through change
· Mentoring – highlighting benefits, resources and support available as mentors and mentees
· Wellbeing development- sessions included – returning to work after maternity leave and building resilience
Lifematters, our Employee Assistance Programme is a free service providing easy access to expertise, information and advice for employees and their families.
Whether it’s a simple question or a complex concern, Lifematters provides information and advice on health, fitness, nutrition, family and childcare, finances and work.
The service is available using via a freephone helpline, online and Smart Phone App. Support includes telephone consulting, online information resources, toolkits and podcasts. Face to Face short-term counselling services may also be accessed though the service.