Implementing proactive wellbeing programmes will result in happier, more engaged and productive employees. Therefore the senior team will need to lead by example to ensure that good wellbeing habits are embedded into their workplace.
Developing an effective wellbeing strategy
Building the right wellbeing programme is key for example, flexible working, on-site gyms, quick access to healthcare, counselling services or mental health support. To ensure success, as well as ongoing investment and commitment across the business, it is essential any strategy is led from the top.
Employers should understand and identify the specific health and wellbeing challenges their employees face such as high levels of stress, poor sleep, money worries, a lack of exercise or mental health concerns so they can create an effective, targeted strategy.
Carrying out a full review of the data available will pinpoint areas that need attention. This could involve analysing the company demographics, looking at absence data to identify the most common reasons for absence and examining the success of existing wellbeing initiatives.
The wellbeing strategy needs to be communicated across the business. This could include boardroom briefings, bulletin boards, emails, podcasts, intranet or creating a wellbeing day. It can be useful to link your wellbeing programmes to national health campaigns to improve their effectiveness for example, International Stress Awareness Week or Mental Health Awareness Week.
Building a tailored programme with quantifiable objectives and leading from the top will ensure the strategy is effective in improving the health and wellbeing of the workforce. Health and wellbeing is more than just nice to have!
Carole Spiers FISMA FPSA MIHPE
Carole’s credibility is rooted in twenty five years success as CEO of a leading UK Stress Management Consultancy, working with equal success both in the UK and the Gulf. She is a well-respected authority on building resilience and communication skills, a BBC Guest-Broadcaster and author of ‘Show Stress Who’s Boss!’ and Tolley’s Managing Stress in the workplace.
Carole is an international Motivational Speaker and is regularly called upon by the national press and media for comment. Carole is Chair of the International Stress Management AssociationUK and founder of International Stress Awareness Week www.carolespiersgroup.co.uk