WHAT do you go to work for? The pay? The perks? Or to help others?
New research reveals NHS and healthcare workers are the UK’s most community minded staff.
Three in five joined the service to make a positive difference to the lives of people and 47 per cent have been involved in their local community since they started their career.
The report, from Opinion Matters and public sector club Boundless, also revealed a third of healthcare workers believe their workplace gives them a sense of community spirit.
Darren Milton at Boundless said: “People in public service roles routinely go the extra mile. Community spirit is clearly alive and well and growing across the country with our healthcare workers at the very heart of it.”
The findings are echoed by a study from Anchor, England’s largest not-for-profit provider of care, which found half of Brits have a higher opinion of health and social care workers following the pandemic.
But making a difference to others at work doesn’t have to mean big gestures or take a big bank balance. Here are Sun Jobs’ six simple ways to help others while you’re at work:
- See the person, not the worker: We’re all busy, but take a few minutes each day to go deeper than the superficial water cooler chat, Get to really know your colleagues and some may become friends.
- Shut down office gossip: Trading titbits of info can turn toxic and banter can quickly descend into bullying. Make sure you shut down trash talk at work to protect yourself and everyone you work with.
- Remember birthdays – and the not so nice anniversaries: Bring in a cake and celebrate everyone’s birthday. It brightens up the week and shows staff they are appreciated. But if someone has a more sombre milestone, such as the death of a loved one or pet, quietly acknowledge this too so they know they are not alone.
- Set up a charity initiative: Pull your workplace together with a shared charity fundraising drive. Chose a local charity close to your area or one which has helped staff members.
- Train as Mental Health First Aider: Every workplace has a traditional first aider to help with cuts, bruises or broken bones, and MHFAs do the same with your mind, acting as a first responder for any worries or concerns. Find out more at the MFA England website.
- Make the tea: It’s a little thing but it shows support and friendship for your fellow workers. Give them a cuppa with love each day.
Happy to help others? These three vacancies from Sun Jobs are our pick of the week to put a smile on someone else’s face.
1. Support Worker, British Red Cross
This vital role will see you become a key member of your local community and help others live a better life too.
The Job: Based in Brighton, the Support Worker role will help people to safely return home from hospital and assist individuals to get the support they need to stay independent in their homes.
What You’ll Do: Tasks include picking up medication, offering transportation, ensuring there are food supplies and liaising with support networks.
You’ll Need: You’ll be dynamic, able to adapt to changing needs, courageous and able to speak to people openly and transparently. You will also need to be inclusive and open to supporting people from diverse backgrounds with varying needs.
2. Senior Healthcare Assistant, Elysium Healthcare
Want to work with some of the most vulnerable people in our society? This caring role could be your chance to make a difference to their mental health.
The Job: The Senior Healthcare Assistant is based in Thatcham, Berks, and will have previous experience in acute mental health from the NHS or private care. You’ll receive training to join the team where you will be valued and supported.
What You’ll Do: You will join the new team that works together to provide care for people with mental health conditions within a brand new modern PICU mental health service.
You’ll Need: As this can be quite a challenging environment at times, so a positive attitude, compassion, resilience and vigilance are important.
3. Marketing Manager, Essity
These leading healthcare brands help millions every month. What would you do to make them even better?
The Job: Based in Manchester, the Marketing Manager will be a seasoned leader and marketer and will drive sales and market growth for the Tena and Bodyform brands.
What You’ll Do: Lead the intimate hygiene brand team to support delivery of financial and in-market delivery targets. A track record of strong, engaging team leadership is essential.
You’ll Need: Strong brand marketing and commercial experience preferably within the FMCG sector is required as are strong interpersonal and communication skills.
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