Navigating the 'Great Resignation'​

There's Just Life!

January is a time of year when we start to think about important lifestyle changes and as we return to work (in its many forms). What’s clear is if we are going to live ‘healthy and well’ we can no longer worry about separating our lives into work-life and home-life. There’s just life.  

There are many interpretations of what is means to be well. According to The World Health Organisation (WHO), health is described as:

“a state of complete physical, mental and social wellbeing and not merely the absence of disease”.

Wellbeing impacts every single facet of our lives. Whilst we’ve always been aware of wellbeing, the past couple of years have sharpened our focus, with many of us becoming critically aware of what is truly important to us.

The "Great Resignation"

With record numbers of employees leaving their jobs in what’s been described as the ‘Great Resignation’ or the ‘Great Realisation’ (i.e. I’ve realised life is too short to be unhappy at work), prioritising wellbeing in the workplace makes good business sense.

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People - The Secret Sauce of your Organisation!

With rates of presenteeism and leaveism at an all-time high, building a workplace with healthier, happier employees is now a competitive requirement.

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“The only real difference between one organisation and another is the performance of its people.”  - Peter Drucker

A focus on how to empower employees to take responsibility for their own wellbeing is also an important consideration.

As well as having a duty of care to protect the health, safety and welfare of their employees, looking after employees forms an important strategy for driving employee engagement, productivity and retention.

The 2021 Global Human Capital Trends report emphasised the importance of designing wellbeing into work and life, saying that:

“holistic wellbeing programmes integrated with employee experience management are key to boosting organisational health and thereby performance.”

Workplace Wellbeing Programmes

Employers are recognising the benefits of implementing health and wellbeing policies, but can often struggle to know where to start.

3 Steps for Getting Started

1. Help your people explore and understand what impacts their own wellbeing

There are many wellness frameworks, but here’s one that we tend to use. As business leaders, we’re all aware of how time in work can be affected by each of these.

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You can start building a culture that will attract and retain the very best talent by:

  • Helping people understand the aspects that could affect their wellness
  • Giving them the opportunity to speak openly
  • Demonstrating you care

2. Empower your people to look after their own wellbeing

Providing your people with the support and encouragement they need to take action is critical in ensuring time spent on wellbeing is effective. Leading by example is a great way to show your that you take wellbeing seriously. Here are a few ideas:

  • Ensure your team take adequate break and holidays
  • Ask for regular feedback
  • Use clear, honest communication
  • Employ empathy and create trust
  • Talk openly about Mental Health and Wellbeing
  • Develop role of a Wellbeing Lead
  • Prioritise personal development

3. Support employees with simple tools and techniques designed for your workplace

Each workplace is unique. The requirements of a construction site will differ from that of an office. One programme we run, particularly effective when supporting shift workers, is our sleep, rest & recovery course.

We focus on scientifically proven techniques to help people begin each day feeling refreshed, restored and ready.

These breathing exercises by Benedict Beaumont and our friends at The Moment Company are great for everyone. A simple, scientifically proven way of helping your people straight away:

A video on Box Breathing can be found here.

Here’s some great advice for taking a 2 Minute Thinking Moment.

We are always excited to talk about Wellbeing at The Conscious Workplace – so if you’d like to chat then please feel free to get in touch!