New Year, new workplace wellbeing strategy?

New Year, new workplace wellbeing strategy?

If there’s one thing we can thank 2020 for it’s the accelerated shift towards a society-wide focus on wellbeing, including a noticeable cultural change in how organisations are approaching employee mental health.

Many are now investing in workplace wellbeing in some way, shape or form but employers must consider – is your current employee wellbeing strategy really hitting the mark?

Less reactive, more proactive

The wellbeing of your people shouldn’t be something that’s looked at only after a problem becomes apparent, it’s something that requires constant focus. We’re talking about day-to-day dedication by leaders to create a mentally healthy culture that’s integrated in the organisation's DNA.

A recent survey revealed that 86% of employers in the UK are already changing their approach to employee health and wellbeing in light of the pandemic – don’t want to be the ones that are left behind? We recommend adopting a proactive approach, pronto. Here’s our key suggestions on where to start:

· An early intervention in the form of education

Previous research discovered a worrying 49% of managers don’t know how to support mental health and wellbeing in the workplace – yikes! By providing practical mental health training programmes, managers can increase their knowledge and confidence with wellbeing-management techniques, reduce the stigma and learn how to effectively have those all-important mental health conversations.

· A focus on prevention, not cure

As well as knowing how to support staff that are already experiencing mental health problems, employers should make prevention a focal point. By creating an open and caring company culture, your people are more likely to feel looked after, supported and inclined to talk if they do start to struggle. Workplace Insights reveal that 47% of businesses are already offering preventative wellbeing measures – let’s get it to 100% hey?!

· Think ahead

Although it’s hard to predict anything right now as we enter another year with so much uncertainty, employers should still be considering the future of wellbeing at work and the likely challenges ahead to enable them to prepare accordingly. Which leads us on to the following question…

What’s coming for employee wellbeing in 2021?

Fortunately we’ve entered a new era whereby workplace wellbeing and mental health support are no longer seen as nice-to-have perks and instead are critical requirements that are expected to be one of the key trends that define the workplace in 2021 (People Matters). But what other wellness trends can employers prepare for? We’ve listed a few predictions below:

· A new series of employee stressors including office-return anxiety – A study found as many as 65% of people in the UK are anxious about returning to the office.

· A need for remote employee wellbeing resources that provide holistic support including mental, physical and financial.

· With WFH becoming the norm there’s an increasing demand for remote work training to equip staff with the tools needed to maintain productivity, job satisfaction and most importantly, adapt a healthy work-life balance.

· Gathering regular real-time data through anonymous online tools to get to the heart of what really matters and make smarter, data backed decisions for your wellbeing strategy.

The key benefits of an effective wellbeing strategy

We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again, having a workplace wellbeing strategy really is a win for everyone. Why? Not only does it increase motivation and productivity, it also reduces sickness absence, improves company reputation and develops a super resilient workforce – something that’s much needed to meet the challenges and demands of this pandemic era.

Need help setting up a successful workplace wellbeing strategy? That’s what we’re here for. We’d love to hear from you, get in touch!