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Employee Wellbeing: 6 Steps to Achieving an Open Culture

  • by Career Moves HR
  • 16 Oct 2018

Our career market is saturated with company-wide wellness programmes. Originally starting out as “employee perks” for larger organisations, corporate fitness programs if you will, today’s companies filter throughout the market and are regularly offered as part of a company benefits package.

Workplaces are integrating employee health into their company practices to reap the benefits of an innovative, creative, and healthy team. And this week the Confederation of British Industry released their new report on workplace mental health and wellbeing, as part of their Front of Mind report.  The survey details 347 businesses, employing nearly 1.7 million people, and develop business suggestions.

The Challenge:

1 in 3
Working people have a long-term health condition

3x
Increase in ‘presenteeism’ in UK businesses in the last 8 years

£100bn
Estimated cost of long-term health conditions among people of working-age

5million
Workers are expected to experience poor mental health every year

£782 per person
Total amount health-related absence costs SMEs every year

First Steps in Company Investment:

  1. Establishing Health and Wellbeing as a Leadership Priority

    Wellbeing strategies that are integrated into leadership teams, will carry further weight throughout the organisation. Businesses that encourage senior leaders to hold a central position in the health and wellbeing of the staff, enables line managers to support the health and wellbeing of their teams.
     
  2. Intervening Early and Taking Action

    Wellbeing that is established as a preventative measure, that is proactive in recognising poor health, focus more on preventing ill health or intervening early. This approach will provide a comprehensive package to help employees manage their wellbeing and reaching individual and business benefits.
     
  3. Strategically Implementing an Organisational Culture that Encourages Health and Wellbeing

    An organisational culture that reinforces the importance of wellbeing, enables the business to take a more proactive approach to workplace health. A culture that prioritises employee health, works to raises awareness of mental health within the organisation to talk about the subject confidently, whilst providing additional measures, such a work flexibility, to proactively develop the company’s approach to health and workplace wellbeing.

The Study:

In partnership with Bupa and HCA Healthcare, the CBI found that most businesses are still uncovering the full potential of investing in workplace health and wellbeing. A common problem, is that companies are unsure of the successful methods to achieve a positive organisational culture that encourages workplace wellbeing.

As employee happiness, health, and engagement, all increase when health and wellbeing is improved in the workplace. Benefits that have been seen from companies who have invested in their initiatives cover lower absence rates, greater company performance, and productivity – along with greater candidate attraction. As we grow into the ubiquity of wellbeing, how can you further improve your company’s productivity, commercial benefits, and most importantly health and wellbeing?

What Can Be Done?

Health and wellbeing within the company need to be promoted as a shared priority, acting on these themes that company-wide health and wellbeing, is beneficial for the whole company will increase the scope and stretch of your wellbeing strategy.

  1. Work with Outside Organisations to Promote Health and Wellbeing
    Outside organisations can influx your company with additional knowledge, language, and specialist support that provides employers with the support necessary to proactively address poor health experience by staff. As most companies are more confident moving ahead in supporting an employee’s physical health, this technique can be particularly useful when addressing mental health in the workspace.  
     
  2. Raise Awareness of What Mental Health Means
    According to the survey, more than 8 in 10 businesses discovered that raising awareness in a well-constructed culture is one of the top-three ways to promote good workplace mental health. In this space, there are many groups like Mind, that work alongside businesses to evolve the existing knowledge bank and educate managers, and HR specialists to continually increase awareness of mental health in the workplace
     
  3. Encourage Social Wellbeing
    A person’s ability to engage with the people around them, social wellbeing, is a great tool to creating a positive workplace environment. Poor social wellbeing is associated with anxiety, loneliness, and low self-esteem, which all ultimately knock-onto someone’s productivity within the workplace. Developing meaningful relationships among employees, helps reduce stress the people experience while at work by 19%, and increase their productivity by 23%. These social engagements offer individuals the chance to ‘off-load’ about a work situation within a professional realm, when encouraged by the business, and gives people an opportunity to exchange advice about dealing with similar situations.  

Here are Career Moves, we understand the complexities that stem from employee wellbeing strategies. We are excited to be hosting a Wellbeing Event on November 15th with industry leaders to help organise, design, and implement company-wide wellbeing strategies, in partnership with Kate Flowerdew of Thrive Coaching. To learn more click HERE, to contact us click HERE.

 

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