Workplace wellbeing needs to go beyond policies and perks to cheer up employees.
A recent study from Harvard Medical School in the US that showed that simply providing schemes such as ‘Free Fruit Friday’ and discounted gym membership doesn’t reduce stress in the long term.
Although there were health benefits in some areas such as weight loss, there were no improvements in 80 other areas such as employee absence, productivity and quality of sleep.
What needs to be in place is an overall workplace culture relating to employee wellbeing.
Individual schemes are a start, but there has to be a greater strategy – and everybody in the organisation should be a part of it.
First, there has to be a plan. A Workplace Wellbeing Strategy needs to fit in with company values and the goals of the organisation. What are you aiming to achieve?
Secondly, there needs to be consultation. What do your employees need to ensure their wellbeing? How will you find this out? What data do you have to show the areas that need improvement?
Then it’s time to act. When the strategy has been agreed, it requires the commitment of everyone – from senior management to employees. Everyone should know their role and responsibilities.
Finally, you will need to review. This allows the organisation to see improvements and what needs to be focused on in future. The strategy is an ongoing project that should be continually monitored.
Where do you begin with all this?
Our free Workplace Wellbeing Questionnaire will help you assess the strengths and weaknesses of your organisation when it comes to wellbeing and quality of working life.
Once you have completed the 10-minute questionnaire, you will be signposted towards useful tools and resources to help you develop and improve your own Workplace Wellbeing Strategy.