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New benefits for University of Sussex staff

New HR reward and benefits pages now provide you with information about the significant benefits that you're entitled to - including new staff discounts and an Employee Assistance Programme for University staff.

Staff discounts

The University has partnered with one of the UK’s leading suppliers of staff discount websites, Xexec, to obtain a range of new staff discounts with major high street retailers, cinemas, travel companies, eateries and more – as well as a dedicated ‘concierge’ service to find the best deals on flights, hotels and events without the hassle of searching online.

Discounts are available on brands such as Apple, M&S, Virgin Media, GAP, Debenhams, Currys, Sainsbury’s and Expedia. You’ll need to register the first time that you log on to the site, using your work email address at the top of the page. Then start saving from home, work or on the move.

Employee Assistance Programme

The University has arranged for you to have free access to new counselling services in addition to those provided through Occupational Health. Care First provide a 24 hour confidential service with specialist staff on hand to advise on a range of personal or domestic matters.
The service is confidential and you can self-refer, there is no need to inform your line manager.
Whether it is a family matter, moving house, moving job, a major life event, neighbourhood concerns or consumer rights, Care First can provide advice and help, and signpost you to more specialist services as well.

If Care First experts believe that face-to-face counselling would help, this will be made available to you locally.
A mobile app is also available to download - allowing you to take advantage of Care First services wherever you are, without the need to speak to anyone.

Please register now using username: lifestyle1234 / password: carefirst

Flexible working

A new handbook Flexible Sussex – Embracing the University’s flexible working procedure - has been published on the Equality and Diversity web pages to help staff understand how to use the University’s flexible working procedure.

This follows an announcement in July that the University is relaunching its existing flexible working procedure as part of Inclusive Sussex, the University’s Equality, Diversity and Inclusion strategy.

Flexible Sussex - becoming an organisation that is “flexible by default” to ensure we are inclusive in everything we do – is one of the four goals within the Sussex 2025 strategic framework.

Flexible working forms one strand of delivering this goal. Starting from this week, all roles we recruit for will be advertised as open to flexible working arrangements, subject to business requirements.

The process for existing staff to request a flexible working pattern has also been streamlined, with Human Resources being involved only as a point of escalation or where changes affect conditions of service. More information.

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By: Sean Armstrong
Last updated: Wednesday, 3 October 2018

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