A working group of CIfA's Advisory Council was set up to look at resources and opportunities for workplace wellbeing. The working group surveyed our Registered Organisations (survey results) and talked to colleagues to find out what practices were currently in place. As a result we have formulated this list of useful links for companies and staff to support workplace wellbeing.
This list is not exhaustive so if you are aware of other links we might use or have good practice case studies from your organisation you would be happy to share, please get in touch at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mental Health Awareness Week 2021
We would like to say a huge thank you to all the organisations and individuals who have helped us to celebrate good practice and raise awareness during Mental Health Awareness Week 2021. We have collated all the contributions from the last week which you can download from the link below, along with the contributions from 2020.
For the remining weeks of this year and beyond, we must continue to ensure that we are providing support for each other and sharing ideas about how to improve wellbeing in archaeology. This webpage includes links for individuals and organisations along with good practice case studies. This also feeds in to CIfA’s wider work on equality and diversity in archaeology.
- Mental health awareness week 2021 - soundbites from individuals and organisations
- Mental health awareness week 2020 - soundbites from individuals and organisations
- https://smallworkplaces.mind.org.uk/ (requires you to sign up and login in, but this is free)
- https://www.hse.gov.uk/pubns/indg293.pdf Welfare at Work. Guidance for employers
- MIND workplace wellbeing: Cotswold Archaeology
- The Archaeologist 107 (PDF) - this edition of The Archaeologist includes experiences from individuals where their employers have offered support which has made them feel valued. The case studies cover a range of different initiatives including mental health and wellbeing training and support for staff, support for individual professional development through training, and flexible working hours.
Mental health can be a very personal issue. It helps to be open and honest.
We invited Mark Spanjer to start a discussion by sharing his thoughts on the culture of working in archaeology, its pressures, and a path to positive understanding. Watch his video
- Craig Huddart encourages us to help, even if it’s simply asking, ‘Are you ok?’
- Seeing Red guide (PDF) - Period and menstrual hygiene equality guide. An initiative by the Mentoring Women in Archaeology & Heritage group. Also see FAME webinar: menstrual health and hygiene in the heritage workplace
- Cold weather working (PDF) - Diggers' Forum guide for fieldworkers
- Warm weather working (PDF) - Diggers' Forum guide for fieldworkers