Transport for London are here to keep London moving, working and growing; and to make life in the Capital better.
Currently, 8.4 million people live in the Capital and virtually everyone who visits, lives or works in London will use one of our services and every one of those journeys matters to us.
TfL has over 26,000 employees. Our aim at TfL Occupational Health is to help people with health issues get into work, stay in work, and return to work quickly and safely after illness and injury.
Great Britain Health and Wellbeing Week underpins our broader Health and Wellbeing Improvement Programme (HWIP), which is part of TfL’s Health, Safety and Environment Strategy to help people enhance the quality of their life through empowering them to identify and use any opportunities to improve their mental and physical health, in the belief that this will contribute to their motivation and work performance.
As employees are more likely to take health and wellbeing seriously if they can see that their leaders are serious about these issues and are also looking after their own health. For these reasons TfL are asking their Directors to choose at least one from the list of activities below, take part in and then promote during the week:
- Walking meetings
- Standing meetings
- Take the stairs instead of the lift
- Add 10 mins brisk walking on their commute or on their break
- Arrange a Mindfulness session or mental health quiz at a team meeting
- Discuss Health and Wellbeing at a team meeting
- Write a blog about how they manage stress – coping strategies (Running, Mindfulness, other hobbies etc)
TfL’s other activities during the week include:
- TfL Staff Challenge: all staff will be encouraged to participate in an H&W activity (as listed above) through a comprehensive employee communications campaign.
- Health and Wellbeing Champions Forum, 10.00-13.00. 10th floor, Broadway. 75 Champions are confirmed.
- Mental Health lunchtime talks on 23rd, 25th and 27th on Stress and Resilience, Menopause and Workplace Relationships.
- Promotion of Mike Brown’s (TfL Commissioner) continued commitment to normalise talking about mental health in TfL, through the film Time to Change: One Year On
- Promotion of progress made against the Time to Change Pledge Action Plan
- Recruitment and training of more Time to Change Agents – TfL has 140.
- Sharing the Choice newsletter to all TfL staff as well as the daily health message
Great Britain Health and Wellbeing Week underpins our broader Health Improvement Programme, which is part of TfL’s Health, Safety and Environment Strategy.
TfL customers are also encouraged to get involved in Great Britain Health and Wellbeing Week. London’s transport system has a highly significant role to play in helping tackle the major public health challenges our city faces. Improving air quality, reducing death and injury on our roads and making sure that there is adequate transport provision to serve hospitals, clinics and GP surgeries are just some examples of our work in this area. The Capital’s transport system plays a very important part in people’s health. It enables Londoners to access jobs, education, shops, recreation, health and social services as well as travel to see friends and family. All of these are essential for a healthy, fulfilling life.
During Great Britain Health and Wellbeing Week the wider community could consider how they access transport as a way to improve their health. Hiring a Santander cycle (from London’s Self Service Cycle Hire Scheme), walking to the next bus stop or getting off the tube a stop early are all great options.