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Keep up to date with the latest company-wide Covid-19 news and FAQs on Pulse or in the Covid-19 area on https://dailymessage.edfenergy.com.

Travelling abroad this summer?

The UK and Scottish governments have published their lists of “travel corridors” that are designed to make international travel easier during the Covid-19 pandemic. The lists for England and Scotland are slightly different, so it’s important that you check the guidance for where you live. 

Before travelling abroad, you should also check the latest travel advice on the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) website and follow any local guidance issued in your business unit. 

Managing the spread of Covid-19

To help protect our employees and those working at our sites, we've completed a dedicated Risk Assessment published on Pulse that confirms we have:

  • cleaning, handwashing and hygiene procedures in line with UK Government guidance.
  • taken all reasonable practicable steps to help people work from home.
  • taken all reasonable practicable steps to maintain a 2 metre distance in the workplace. Where this isn't possible for some operational activities, we have done everything reasonably practical to manage transmission risk.

Sign up for the next Doctor's Surgery webinar

Join Dr David Brown, Dr Sarah Jackson and Emily Boase, Head of Employee Relations, for the next Doctor's Surgery webinar being held on 26 August between 12:30 and 13:15. Sign up here.

Dr Brown and Dr Jackson will give an update on Covid-19 and share their thoughts on what they expect to see over the weeks and months ahead. There will be time for Q&A and Emily will be on the line to answer any HR-related questions you might have. 

Watch video: Everyone’s welcome – meet the people of EDF

Everyone's Welcome

Filmed at home by employees during lockdown, this video highlights the strength in diversity. How we each experience working life here at EDF is different and it reminds us to think consciously about getting to know each other better, recognising that everyone is unique, has different needs and to find the common ground between us all.

Feeling physically and mentally fit

Employee Assistance Programme

Your new Employee Assistance Programme (EAP) on Pulse provided by AXA PPP Healthcare offers free, professional and confidential support on a wide range of work/life issues. Whether it’s financial worries, a medical issue or you’re feeling stressed or upset, just call and they’ll talk about the kind of guidance, information and support they can offer. 

Learn more about the services available to you in this 30-minute webinar recording. You can access the slides here

Doctor's Surgery

Our Company Doctors are hosting the next surgery webinar on 26 August between 12:30 and 13:15. Sign up here

You can listen to all previous webinar recordings using the following links:

Watch video: What's next as lockdown eases

What's next as lockdown eases?

At EDF we’re very fortunate to have two company doctors and an Occupational Health (OH) team to support us at work. Throughout the pandemic they’ve provided medical guidance and advice to help us manage the situation at EDF. 

In this short video, Dr David Brown and Dr Sarah Jackson give a brief medical update on Covid-19 and explain the steps we should all continue taking to protect ourselves, our loved ones and our colleagues. 

Wellbeing Hub

The Wellbeing Hub on MyCampus has a range of useful tools to help you feel physically and mentally fit.

Please note that you’ll need a MyCampus login to access these resources.

Employee Networks

Our nine Employee Networks are here to help each of us feel connected and empowered to thrive at work. You can access the dedicated pages on Pulse

The Cancer Support Network provides guidance and support to anyone going through their own cancer journey. If you're worried that you have symptoms of cancer, it's important that you seek clinical advice and contact your GP surgery. During this pandemic, GP surgeries are offering online consultations and remote triage so that people do not have to attend in person unnecessarily.

Thrive

We all know it’s important to keep physically active and eat healthily. But sometimes we neglect our mental health.

The Thrive app helps you to boost your mental wellbeing, manage your mood and build resilience.

It uses the same tools approved and used by the NHS, including computerised cognitive behavioural therapy, mindfulness techniques and distraction-therapy games that are easy and enjoyable to use.

Emotional care guide

Nuffield Health's emotional care guide explains how focusing on four areas can help you balance your emotions and manage any symptoms of anxiety. 

For better mental health

Mental health charity MIND has developed some materials to help you if you’re feeling anxious or worried about coronavirus.

Every Mind Matters

The NHS’s Every Mind Matters has some expert advice on how to maintain your mental wellbeing if you need to stay at home. It also has practical tips on coping with anxiety, getting a better night’s sleep, dealing with stress and improving your mood.

Managing stress

Stress is a normal part of life and there isn't one solution for every stressful situation. However, talking to others is a simple yet effective way to reduce stress and improve our health and wellbeing.

This short let's talk guide from Nuffield Health includes five conversation starters you can use if you're feeling stressed and need some support. 

Confidential support

No-one should have to live in fear of violence and abuse. Organisations like Refuge are there to help men, women and children to rebuild their lives and overcome many different forms of abuse. 

If you are concerned for your safety, or that of a friend or family member, please reach out to Refuge today.

Alternatively, our Employee Assistance Programme is available to all EDF employees and provides confidential advice and support on a wide range of matters. 

Be kind to yourself

The theme of this year's Mental Health Awareness Week was 'kindness' and Nuffield Health shared some top tips on how to be kinder to yourself while working from home

From having a morning routine to maintaining clear working hours, there are things we can all do to help improve our emotional wellbeing. Use this handy checklist to help you leave work at work.

Feeling a bit uninspired?

Take this quiz created by the Tate art galleries to help you think about your wellbeing. Discover an artwork that reflects how you feel and get some mood-boosting tips to go with it.

Mental wellbeing calendar

In a world where you can be anything, be kind. Every act of kindness makes a difference. 

Action for Happiness' Altruistic August calendar is available now. 

Summer activity pack

Our pension provider Mercer has developed a fantastic pack of activities to help you and your family enjoy the summer. 

From taking virtual trips across the globe to various wellbeing challenges, there's something for everyone to get involved in. 

Tips for a better night's sleep

The formula for good sleep

Stuggling to sleep? Take a moment to read Nuffield Health's cognitive behavioural therapy techniques to retrain your body and mind to sleep well at night.

 

Maintaining healthy sleep

Good quality sleep is important for both our physical and emotional health. However, Covid-19 is impacting our ability to obtain quality sleep in a number of ways. This short article from Nuffield Health provides some top tips for improving your sleep quality.

3-minute videos on different well-being topics

Workouts you can do at home

Watch video: Glute workout for sitting down days | #MyFlyingStart with Shona Vertue

Glutes workout

Watch video: Pilates at Home - Nuffield Health

Pilates

Watch video: HIIT at Home - Nuffield Health

HIIT

Watch video: Kettlebell Full Workout - Nuffield Health

Kettlebells workout

Watch video: Tone core workout (no equipment) - 20 minutes

Core workout

Working from home

Set up your work station correctly with these top tips from our Occupational Health team and Nuffield Health. 

Support pack and contact details

All the information you need to work safely and comfortably from home [Pulse link]. 

Home working kit

Order essential home working kit and have it delivered to your home. Please speak to your line manager before ordering. 

Display Screen Equipment

DSE course

As well as looking after our mental health, we need to be mindful of the impact these changes may be having on our physical health. We’re all adapting in the best way we can and your workstation probably looks very different to what you’re used to. To help you ensure you’re set up correctly, we’ve developed a short Display Screen Equipment course for temporary homeworkers

Watch video: EDF Company Physio, Emma share some hints & tips on home set ups

Laptop setup tips

Physiotherapist Emma Woods from Heysham shares some best practice for using a laptop at home.

The science of slouching

Nuffield Health's guide to good workplace posture.

Watch video: Neck exercises

Neck exercises

Watch this short video narrated by our physio Emma Woods to help ease tightness in your neck and shoulders.

Watch video: Back advice myths

Back advice myths

Physiotherapist Emma Woods from Heysham power station tackles the myths associated with back pain and offers some advice for managing common niggles that affect many of us.

Watch video: Lumbar spine exercises

Lumbar spine exercises

Simple exercises you can do at home to stretch out your back after sitting at a desk all day.

Dealing with eye strain and headaches

Information from Nuffield Health on avoiding these common work from home issues.

5 Musculoskeletal myths busted

Read Nuffield Health's five biggest musculoskeletal disorder (MSD) myths and what you can do to improve your outcome

Supporting our working parents and carers

Parent and Carer Home Learning Hub

Our Hinkley Point C Employment Affairs Unit has developed a hub of children’s learning resources to help parents and carers balance homeworking and childcare.

 

Caring for dependents

Please read the FAQs on Pulse for the latest guidance and support for parents and carers.

 

Fitness workout for children 

A 20-minute fun family workout to do at home.  

Helping you get the most out of your collaboration tools

Protect yourself from 'Zoom bombing'

Since the start of the lockdown, many of us have been using Zoom to connect with friends and family. However, unfamiliar users can leave themselves vulnerable to 'Zoom bombing' where uninvited users gain access to the meeting. 

Follow these simple steps from the National Cyber Security Centre to keep your calls safe and secure. 

If you work on the blue network, please do not turn on video.

Look after your money and protect the environment

 

Financial wellness

Developing a healthy relationship with money is important to maintaining your overall wellbeing. Our myBenefits partnership with Neyber offers free guidance and support to help you take control of your finances as well as giving you a fairer way to borrow money.

With Neyber you'll find helpful information and resources, whether you are interested in managing debt, saving for your future, or putting together a budget to make the most of your salary.

Your anytime benefits

Have you used Perks at Home? It gives you access to the best available discounts and cashback on top brands and products at hundreds of online stores.

From discounts with your favourite brands to giving something back to the causes close to your heart, there's something for everyone on myBenefits.

Text to donate

Prostate Cancer UK, like all other charities, is really struggling right now to fund the vital support services men need whilst going through diagnosis and treatment. If you wish to donate a one off gift to Prostate Cancer UK via SMS, text 'EDF' and the amount to 70004. You can donate £3, £5 or £10. Text costs the value of your donation plus your network charge.

Prostate Cancer UK receives 100% of your donation. Obtain bill payers permission. Customer care 0800 082 1616. Charity No 1005541. The charity will only contact you to confirm receipt of your donation. 

Watch video: Do I Need a Will? Information Video

Will Writing

It’s not a topic that people often talk about but having a will in place provides reassurance that your wishes will be adhered to in the future. Will writing is one of the many anytime benefits you can access through myBenefits.

Watch this short video to find out if having a will in place is right option for you.

myFootprint

We’ve created myFootprint to help you work out the size of your carbon footprint - from how much energy you use, to how often you recycle, to how many times a year you fly. Once you know the size of your footprint you can find out how to make the changes needed to cut it  - doing so means you'll spend less and help us reach our climate goals. Download the tool today

Manager support

These resources have been developed for our people managers to equip them with the tools and support they need to lead their teams during these uncertain times. 

Manager resources

Need support but not sure where to turn? 

Listen to this 40-minute webinar which covers the range of support materials available to managers. You can access the slides on Pulse

Building resilience

This short LinkedIn Learning course is designed to help you understand and build resilience in both your work and home life. It covers:

  • What is resilience?
  • Identifying strategies for facing rejection in your day to day life
  • Recognising the skills you can practice to increase your resilience
  • How working with a coach can help you approach situations differently

 

Motivate and engage your team

In this half-hour learning path, we've hand-picked a selection of videos to give you new perspectives and tools to increase motivation and in turn, develop a more productive team.

It begins with a short message from Guillaumne Callewaert, Hinkley Point C CI-BOP Director. 

Managing remote teams

Our 30-minute learning pathway has been designed to help you: 

  • Lead from a distance
  • Set goals for your team
  • Coach and provide feedback virtually
  • Communicate with a remote team
  • Get the most out of virtual meetings. 

Coaching clinics

Run by Performance Coaching International, these sessions provide confidential support and guidance to help you work through any business or team challenges you're facing. Full details are available here

Book a one-to-one session

Book on to a group session

New dates and times are added regularly.

Connecting with your team

A six minute video with five top tips to help you lead your team remotely: 

  • Wellbeing
  • Video coaching
  • Connecting with other leaders
  • Creating a stucture
  • Communication.

Supporting emotional wellbeing

As a line manager, it can be difficult knowing how to approach conversations about emotional distress.

This year's theme for Mental Health Awareness Week was kindness. Nuffield Health provided six key steps to be kinder to your team members and help those suffering with poor mental health move from barely surviving, back to thriving.