Working Win, which works with businesses to support employees to stay in work, is back and open for referrals. Here the team at Sheffield City Region share how the free service for employees with physical or mental health conditions helps people to build on their strengths and feel settled in their role

Working Win has been extended to support our region’s recovery from the COVID-19 outbreak, by helping employees to feel settled and to flourish in their job role. It also supports people who are off sick to return to work.

The BBC has reported that, across the population, mental and physical health issues have increased due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Mind, the mental health charity, shared that at least one in six workers is experiencing common mental health problems, including anxiety and depression with more than half of adults (60 per cent) saying their mental health became worse during lockdown. Many without previous experience of mental health problems have also experienced poor mental health during lockdown.

There will be people with physical and mental health conditions in your workplace – colleagues, employees and friends – and they will be some of the best and most resilient employees. Working Win is a free service to support employees to feel well, settled, and thrive at work.

Retail manager Steve is a previous participant who received support to stay in his job role:

“The practical support from Working Win helped me to focus, specifically around my mental health in the workplace. When I think back, I was so low, I think my intention had been to leave my current role because I felt it was making me unhappy. In actual fact, there were a number of changes I was able to make that have made it possible for me to stay in work and even help other people in my team who are having similar struggles.”

Steve was one of 3,058 participants who received support from a Working Win coach. Joanne Canning, work and wellbeing manager, describes how her team of work coaches support customers:

“Our coaches work one-to-one with our customers to help them remain and thrive in work.  All the support given is guided by the needs and wants of each customer.  Our coaches take time to get to know their customers and find out what they would like to achieve during their time on Working Win.  Support varies from signposting and referring to a wide range of support services, planning what a return to work might look like, devising plans of how to stay healthy in work, guiding decision making in terms of career choices and liaising with employers where needed.”

Other support to employees includes debt, benefit and employment law advice, access to a free Westfield Health and Wellbeing package, as well as training, support and information to businesses, to help create workplaces where all employees can thrive.

Sheffield City Region Mayor Dan Jarvis said: “We must do everything we can to help people stay in or find work. Working Win is a crucial part of our Renewal Action Plan to support jobs and businesses in South Yorkshire and deliver a jobs-led recovery from COVID-19.”

Working Win is open to employees in Sheffield, Doncaster, Barnsley, Rotherham and Bassetlaw. Businesses can call: 0114 2900 218 or email  workingwin@syha.co.uk.

Employers and employees can make a referral to Working Win by visiting workingwinreferrals.co.uk  or by speaking to a GP or health professional. Places are limited and referrals will close on 31st January 2021.

More information and case studies can also be found at sheffieldcityregion.org.uk/working-win.