Stress Awareness Month has been recognised every April since 1992, but this year it seems particularly important. For the Month of April, we will be encouraging our employees to pick one action for your Physical, Mental or Emotional Wellbeing to carry out each working day.
Below is 10 tips to improve your Physical, Mental and Emotional Wellbeing.
- Physical – Get organised and plan some healthy meals for the week ahead. Eating a healthy, balanced diet with all the necessary vitamins helps with both physical and mental health.
- Mental – Be kind to yourself, take time out for self-care – it’s like the oxygen mask on the plane; put yours on first and you’ll be in a better position to help others.
- Emotional – Do you regularly watch the news and find it causes you emotional distress? If so, consider taking a break or altering how you consume the news. A useful tip is to avoid those thought-provoking headlines before bed.
- Mental – Plan out your day to ensure that you have a work-life balance. Keeping a schedule boosts productivity and helps to ensure that you can make time for yourself.
- Emotional – We adopt an engineer’s approach to stress: Force over area equals the pressure. When a bridge has too much load on it and if it is left there for long enough, it will eventually collapse. You would be able to see the warning signs before this happens. The bridge would bow, buckle, groan and creak. The same principle can be applied to a human being with excessive demands and challenges placed on our bridges, we will collapse. That bridge collapse could manifest itself as a nervous breakdown, or serious health issues such as heart attack or cancer.
- Physical – Clean and organise your workspace / room for the busy week ahead. A useful tip is to start with what you see around you and gradually increase your circle of influence.
- Mental – Create a jar for your happy memories and add them as you go along. At the end of the year, you can open the jar and remind yourself of all the wonderful things that happened and what you achieved.
- Emotional – If you’re in a position to do so, donate some supplies to your local food bank. Unsure of what to give? Most food banks have a website with details on their stock levels and the items they need most. It’s always useful to check beforehand toensure that your donation makes the most impact.
- Mental – Smiling can alter our brain chemistry and make us feel happier. It is also infectious so smile at someone you pass and kickstart a chain reaction.
- Emotional – Pet a dog! Giving attention to our furry friends’ releases Oxytocin, the love hormone.
To participate in the 30day challenge, visit: https://www.stress.org.uk/
WGM are delighted to be announced as one of only three finalists in the prestigious, UK Water Industry Awards 2021, in the category, ”Net Zero Carbon Initiative of the Year”. We share the stage with two of the UK’s foremost water sector pioneers and we wish both Anglian Water and nmcn the best of luck. Our submission, related to Storm Tank Scraper Bridges, showcases the significant positive impact of working collaboratively with our major client, Scottish Water, in addressing the current climate crisis. Both WGM and Scottish Water have ambitious carbon reduction targets and we are delighted to be able to support Scottish Water’s Net Zero Routemap, that sets out a journey to Net Zero emissions by 2040.
Having been appointed as Principal Contractor for the £17m refurbishment of Dalmarnock WwTW, WGM worked closely with Scottish Water in identifying opportunities to deploy our Circular Economy based, MEICA Investment Strategy. This innovative strategy is founded on the principles of Refurbishment and re-use rather than Replacement and we are grateful to Scottish Water for being bold and embracing this transformative way of thinking.
Our approach relies on being regenerative by design, retaining as much value as possible from products, parts and materials, thus reducing the use of raw materials and ultimately, reducing carbon emissions and waste. By re-engineering and modernising the four Storm Tank Scraper Bridges at Dalmarnock WwTW, rather than the original replacement scope, WGM delivered a significant carbon emission reduction of over 80,000Kg/CO2e. This approach absolutely aligns with WGM and Scottish Water’s ambitious carbon emissions reduction targets and we are delighted to have been recognised for this innovative strategy, by the Water Industry Awards panel. We look forward to the Awards Ceremony on 27th May 2021 and are excited about future collaboration with Scottish Water, on similar carbon saving opportunities, as we embark on joint Net Zero journey.
In WGM Health and Safety is of the highest priority. We are committed to continual improvement and engagement with our workforce. As such this is our 3rd year running the HSL Safety Climate Survey Tool.
Eddie Allan Health, Safety and Wellbeing Manager says… “This annual survey designed by the HSE and operated by the Health and Safety Laboratory offers the opportunity for us to engage with the workforce and assess just how good or bad we are performing. We value the opinions of our workforce as at the end of the day these people are the experts and often have solutions allowing us as an organisation to drive down risk”
This year saw 176 persons participate in the survey and we are pleased to report that we have seen a continual improvement in each of the 8 focus areas over the last 3 years and the 2021 survey has returned a benchmarking score of 90th or 95th Percentile (Against 130 other organisations *all industry benchmark data) for 6 of the 8 focus areas. We have also gained some valuable insight that will define our Health and Safety Objectives for 2021 / 2022.