Wellbeing@Work - Businesses thrive when their people flourish

Please contact wellbeingatwork@southampton.gov.uk if you don’t find what you’re looking for here, want to know more or want to arrange a time to talk about how you can develop the health and wellbeing of your staff. More FAQs will be added in response to new questions.


What is Wellbeing@Work?

Wellbeing@Work is the name of the service offered by the council to Southampton-based businesses to help them improve the health and wellbeing of their staff and also of their business.

What if my business is outside the city?

Individual hands-on support is only for businesses within the Southampton city boundary, but you’re very welcome to join the mailing list, receive the e-alert and use the resources.

What will the support cost me?

The hands-on support, tools and resources are free. There may be limited costs connected with administering the survey depending on your preferred way of administering it.

What is the Workplace Health & Wellbeing Survey?

It is a survey you can do with all your staff to raise awareness and establish a baseline from which to evaluate the impact of health and wellbeing activities. It uses questions validated by Public Health England and benchmarked to national data.

It asks about:

  • Individual health habits (eating, exercise, smoking, use of alcohol, sleep)
  • Experience of stress
  • Feelings about working in your organisation (and there is scope for you to add in one or two of your own questions)
  • What your managers need to feel equipped to have conversations about staff health issues

How do I administer the survey?

There are several ways - you can administer it yourselves on paper or using your own survey software (e.g. Survey Monkey or Snap). To guarantee confidentiality through anonymity you'll need to have more than 70 participating staff, or we can send all participants an online link and administer it for you (for a small fee).

What if we are a smaller or micro business?

For smaller staff groups there are other ways of raising awareness and getting some basic information so you can focus your actions. For example, discussion or focus groups, suggestion boxes or voting dots. We can help you with this.

What do I do with the survey data?

Identify priorities and create an action plan to make health & wellbeing part of who you are as a business. You can also proactively signpost staff to specialist programmes that to help them develop new health habits.

What is the Wellbeing@Work Toolkit?

The Toolkit offers a range of tools, resources and support to help you be proactive in introducing and embedding health and wellbeing in your organisation.

What is the Southampton Workplace Health & Wellbeing Pledge?

The Pledge is a public declaration about an organisation’s commitment to investing in their people's health and wellbeing. Watch this space – there'll be more details in the summer of 2019.

What are Workplace Wellbeing Champions?

People in your organisation who choose or are chosen to focus on improving the wellbeing of their colleagues as part of the organisation’s wellbeing initiatives. You would define their exact role. Wellbeing@Work offers training, support and networking for Wellbeing Champions.