One of the Strategic Goals of the University as set out in our Strategy 2020 to 2025 is that “We will develop and implement a holistic strategy for staff health and wellbeing, building on the WorkPositive Initiative and achieve accreditation through the KeepWell Mark”. 

The KeepWell Mark is an evidence based accreditation and the first of its kind in Ireland supported by Ibec. It contains a set of health and wellbeing standards that we here at the National University of Ireland Galway can achieve through the promotion of wellbeing in our workplace. 

The accreditation takes a holistic approach, focusing on eight key areas and how they impact our business. These eight areas of improvement are: 

  • Leadership
  • Absence Management
  • Smoke Free
  • Physical Activity
  • Health & Safety
  • Mental Health
  • Healthy Eating
  • Intoxicants 

While the process is straightforward it does require commitment – first, we will perform a self assessment to identify the current level of our organisation and highlight areas for improvement, we have now completed this step. The next step now is the gathering of evidence and preparing for our onsite assessment, to show that we have met the high standards set by Ibec wellness experts across each of the key themes. 

The onsite assessment includes a full review of the gathered evidence as well as one on one interviews with our management team, and staff members. There will also be direct engagement with staff through focus groups discussing their personal experiences of health, safety and wellbeing in the organisation. Once this is complete, we will receive a full report and review – along with The KeepWell Mark award. 

We hope that this process – and the award that follows – will not only improve our brand and business but will also result in a better working environment for all our staff. 

Further information on the KeepWell Mark can also be found here www.thekeepwellmark.ie

This initiative is being led by the HR Office but as part of it we are forming a Wellbeing Committee. Please link in with your relevant UMT member if this is something you wish to be involved in. 

If you have suggestions around wellbeing please submit those to: wellness@nuigalway.ie