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Why Workplace Wellbeing Makes Good Business Sense

by Sharon Taylor

A huge amount of awareness is being raised around stress, wellbeing and mental health in the workplace. This is great, but what next? How can we help employers and human resources (HR) intervene and be more proactive in improving workplace wellbeing?

In the 2018 Health and Wellbeing at Work report by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) it states…….

“The HR profession has a pivotal role to play in steering the health and well-being agenda in organisations by ensuring that senior managers regard it as a priority, and that employee well-being practices are integrated in the organisation’s day-to-day operations.”

The impact on your organisation

No matter how many employees you are responsible for, from time to time some will experience feelings of overwhelm, stress or anxiety. Whether it’s due to work related pressures or home situations it’s likely to have a detrimental effect on their work and ultimately your organisation.

These feelings could lead to them becoming disengaged, resulting in a fall in quality of work and/or absenteeism. This situation would be detrimental for all concerned and as the HR Director you will be called in to intervene. Your role here could be anything from disciplinary action to dismissal, followed by the inevitable time and expense of recruitment and training of new staff.

In a recent survey, The HSE found that 12.5 million working days were lost due to work-related stress, depression or anxiety in 2016/17.

A Successful HR Intervention

As head of HR you will appreciate the significant benefits to your organisation of having a Workplace Wellness Programme. You will also have the strategic vision to incorporate a programme that is aligned to the goals of your organisation.

  1. Start by being proactive. Adopt a preventative mindset and identify what your organisation would achieve from having a Workplace Wellness Programme. What outcomes do you want? Reduced absenteeism, increased employee engagement or improved employee health and wellbeing.
  2. Armed with is information you will be able to present a persuasive business case to senior management about the benefits of having a Workplace Wellness Programme.

What’s achievable?

Introducing a simple but effective Workplace Wellness Programme can have a positive effect on staff morale, loyalty and productivity resulting in: –

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  • low absenteeism,
  • high staff retention,
  • increased productivity and
  • highly motivated and engaged staff.

What does one look like?

A simple Workplace Wellness Programme could look like this….

  • Monthly onsite drop-in sessions of reiki, reflexology and chair massage.
  • Monthly talks on stress awareness and stress management.
  • Monthly workshops on maintaining your wellbeing through mindfulness, meditation and selfcare.

One size does NOT fit all

Evidence shows that a ‘one-size-fits-all’ approach to workplace wellbeing is not cost effective. Take a look at what I can offer you here. If you would like some help implementing a Workplace Wellbeing Programme or help stepping your current programme up a gear, get in touch for one of my Discovery Calls.

I work with small to medium sized organisations and my Discovery Calls are designed to see how I can help you to create and implement a Workplace Wellness Programme that is in-line with your organisations unique needs as well as the needs of your employees.

About Sharon

Sharon Taylor Holistic healing, complete harmonySharon lives with her partner Geoff in Warwickshire and they have two adult children.  She worked for over 25 years in an office environment, gaining qualifications to degree level in finance, business and management. While there Sharon witnessed and experienced many stressful situations and suffered stress related illnesses.

Sharon was advised to make some changes to her lifestyle which included trying complementary therapies. After experiencing the benefits of complementary treatments, Sharon decided to re-train and to share her knowledge and experiences to help others recognise and manage their own feelings of overwhelm and their physical, mental and emotional stress and anxiety levels.

Sharon has been working as a complementary therapist for over 12 years now and has helped many people to manage and reduce their stress levels; to feel uplifted, focused, positive and empowered about their own lives.

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