University College Cork (UCC) has acquired Ibec’s KeepWell Mark in recognition of its long-standing dedication to well-being and welfare for its workforce. This means that it is the first third-level educational institution in the country to acquire the accreditation.
A national workplace wellbeing accreditation from Ibec, the KeepWell Mark demonstrates an organisation’s commitment to improving the lives of those who work for it. Through a rigorous auditing process, and by benchmarking against a set of recognised standards across eight critical business practice areas and on-site assessments, adjudication on the KeepWell Mark accreditation is determined.
As well as formulating a strategic plan (2017 – 2022) which refers to improving induction, employee well-being and professional development programmes, the university also provides a wide range of classes, workshops and initiatives for staff members. A second staff well-being plan is also being developed. These include samba and art relief classes, yoga and mindfulness sessions and workshops on themes such as stress management, personal finance and sleep. Staff members can take part in regular physical activity classes, often led by staff, while regular health checks are conducted.
Commenting on the recognition, UCC President Patrick O’Shea said: “UCC is delighted to be the first university to receive the KeepWell Mark. Not only does it confirm our commitment to the wellbeing of our colleagues here on campus but it also helps to ensure that the principles of health and well-being extend beyond the workplace and into the lives of our families and communities.”
Pictured above: Danny McCoy, CEO Ibec; Barry O’Brien, Director of HR, UCC; Sylvia Curran, HR, UCC; and Prof Patrick O’Shea, UCC President
Photo by: Rob Lamb