It’s amazing how - in such a short period of time - wellbeing has become front page news and regularly discussed by MPs and public figures. Awareness and understanding continues to increase.
But there’s always more that can be done. If the past 2 years have taught us anything, it’s that our wellbeing should be prioritised.
But how do workplaces support the wellbeing of their people at scale? This is at the core of what we do. Here’s how you can get started on your own:
A focus on prevention: be more than a fire extinguisher.
One of the most significant developments is the trend towards Mental Health First Aiders (MHFA). There’s a good chance this will become a requirement for all organisations in the near future.
Whilst we believe this is important, it is only a tactic to put fires out. Good workplace wellbeing looks at putting procedures in place to minimise fires developing. We can help you with both.
One simple approach is to better understand when - during the workday - your teams feel under the most pressure. This could be as simple as an all-staff survey.
At The Conscious Workplace our qualified nurses conduct biometric testing, and we use both 1-to-1 and group coaching and therapy sessions to truly understand trends within your organisation.
A good example - common in the work from home era - was heightened stress levels at 10am and 4pm every Tuesday and Thursday. When we looked at this more closely, it coincided with 2 all-staff meetings and school pick-up/drop-off times. Parents were getting stressed because the meetings meant more juggling of home and work life. The solution was simple. All-staff meetings were moved!
Help your leaders create supportive cultures
Culture must be nurtured. Research by MIND shows that leaders that talk openly about mental health will build more supportive cultures. Mental health cannot live in isolation.
Stage 2 of our process focuses entirely on leadership teams. Providing training, support and 1-to-1 sessions that help leaders to better understand and support their teams. A key outcome is an increased awareness of how people within organisations are feeling day to day. Put simply, people talk and share more.
Recent research by Glassdoor also highlighted the importance of clear and frequent communication. This is particularly key right now, with uncertainty around the return to the office. Ensuring communication is open and timely will improve the wellbeing of your teams.
Help your teams build supportive environments
Simple, actionable techniques that support wellbeing is a win-win for everyone. If you support the wellbeing of your teams, those individuals will be more effective. Research from Deloitte saw an average £5 return for every £1 invested.
One programme we run - particularly effective when supporting shift workers - is our sleep management course. We focus on scientifically proven techniques to help people begin each day feeling refreshed, restored and ready.
These breathing exercises by our very own Benedict Beaumont are a great share. A simple, scientifically proven way of helping your people straight away.
It’s a big journey we’re on. It’s exciting to see the focus on workplace wellbeing continue to increase.
If you’d like to see how we can support your organisation, please get in touch to discuss more.