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Today we welcome the announcement of the Government loneliness strategy. It’s another important milestone in dealing with an issue we know, through our research with the British Red Cross, affects over 9 million people in the UK.

Paul Gerrard, Policy and Campaigns Director, tells us more about how we’ve influenced Government in his blog post.

As part of the strategy, I’m proud to say we’ve helped shape an employers’ pledge to tackle loneliness.

We’ve signed the pledge and expect other large businesses, charities and public sector employers to do the same.

What we’re already doing to fulfil this pledge

The pledge asks employers to commit to doing three things: demonstrating leadership, supporting our people, and building a sociable workplace.

We’re showing great progress in these three areas through:

What we’ll do next

As part of our 2019 Colleague Wellbeing plan we’ll take a close look at the best practice examples in the pledge. Then we’ll see what we can improve on and where we can introduce new initiatives to support colleagues.

We’ll also fully support being part of the Tackling Employer Loneliness Network which will be at the forefront – inspiring other employers to act on loneliness as part of wider staff wellbeing.

If you’re experiencing loneliness and would like to find out what support is available, you can contact Lifeworks free and confidentially on 0800 069 8854.

Paul Caudwell
Health Wellbeing Manager

Join the conversation! 10 Comments

  1. I tried ringing the employee helpline a couple of weeks ago twice and got an answerphone message referring me to my local health authority.

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  2. What about the south west don’t we count in this too and I would love to help out and i know some people that could do with the help

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    • Hi Mary,

      This is about all of our colleagues not just a specific area or region. Is there something in particular you were thinking about?

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  3. Having the ability to have a staff social event at all would be nice. My store is open 06.00-23.00 seven days a week so, if we try to organise an event there will always be people who can’t go as they have to work that evening/early the next morning. My store hasn’t been able to do anything social since we had a team building day when our store went through a refit over 3 years ago. It’s not easy getting other stores to cover as the stores in our area don’t open the same hours and their staff aren’t willing to help cover.

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  4. Its a great idea helping people with loneliness and needs to be faced. But I agree with a lot of what Tom says and I think we can implement all these things but at the end of the day putting them into practise is a different thing. Last winter in funerals we had a new digital system brought in with inadequate training and that along with the work load caused by lots of staff off with stress it was ridiculous. This adds more stress to the staff left to cover their work load in and our of hours. I believe that’s where the company needs to be looking at as winter is approaching and the same will probably happen again this year.
    But hats off to the Coop for taking this on board hopefully taking on the problem of stress next as I think that’s the major problem in this trade. Back to the managers we have great managers in this area they all listen and help but I think they are like us and just have to follow orders.

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  5. It will be interesting to hear what the companies going to come up with. I think less hours at work and more time to have a social life would be better id be interested to hear other peoples comments

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    • Hi Dave,
      I’d love to hear any colleague thoughts on the subject and part of our review of best practice will be to talk to colleagues up and down the country about what we can do better.

      Colleague have the ability ask about flexible working and we do everything we can to accommodate specific hours requests to fit with other commitments (including social). If this isn’t working for you then I’d recommend having a conversation with your manager.

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      • It would be helpful to give people contracted hours that reflect the hours that they actually work.
        Most CTMs in the local area are on 12-16 hour contacts but work much more each week.
        No one can plan social events if they dont know when they are working or even how much they are going to get paid each month.
        Working patterns change regularly and hours are anywhere between 5.30am and 10.15pm, 7 days a week.
        A lot people i work with are worried about paying their bills, as they dont have a secure income and wait each week to see if they have got enough hours.

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    • where has the rest of my message gone

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