Wellbeing in the workplace
Why is it important to invest in employee wellbeing?
When you look after your people, your people look after your business.
- Healthier means less sickness absence
- Happier means more motivated
- Engaged means more productive
- Supported means innovative
- Valued means retaining key talent
There are many ways you can encourage your staff to be happier and healthier.
Resources to support staff mental and physical health
How can I help my staff? SHOW
Being available, listening to your staff and ensuring conversation about health and wellbeing is part of your regular 1:1s, means that sometimes you might need to respond to staff concerns about their health or fitness.
It's not just a good and responsible thing to do; supporting your people to be healthier and feel better day-to-day will improve their performance in the workplace and help your business flourish.
Below, you'll find reliable information, downloadable resources, exercises, apps and more to support you and/or your team members to look after - and maybe even improve! - their personal health, wellbeing and fitness. These can be shared with your team, used to inform your workplace wellbeing strategy or activities, and added to your Wellbeing Noticeboard.
Why should we look after our general health? SHOW
Feeling fit and healthy today is no excuse not to try and live well long term. This is the best way to help prevent avoidable ill health in the future. Help your people stay in good general health with this advice from the NHS.
Eligible adults can also have an NHS Health Check.
The Active Communities Get Active programme offers a structured health and wellbeing programme for adults in Southampton who have a medical condition and currently do less than 30 minutes of exercise five times a week that leaves them out of breath.
How can I get fit and healthy? SHOW
Let’s do it - there has never been a better time (August 2020) to kickstart a focus on health. Better Health is the new NHS resource to help us all get fitter. Download the app and use ready prepared resources to inspire staff and encourage them to group together and support each other to get active, eat healthily and lose weight.
NHS One You provides free information, advice, resources and an app to help anybody look after their mental and physical health and wellbeing.
They've also produced a list of recommended apps so you can care for your wellbeing on the go.
Should I make a health and wellbeing noticeboard? SHOW
One way to make your commitment to the health and wellbeing of your people clear is to set up a health and wellbeing noticeboard in the workplace. This is a place to pin posters and other visual resources that will prompt positive reflection and discussion.
Below, you can download some visuals ready to print and pin to your noticeboard.
Building your noticeboard
First, you need the building blocks of your health and wellbeing noticeboard. Start by printing off our noticeboard header so everybody can see how the board can help them. Then you can add various images and resources (see below) and make it your own.
Here's one we made earlier!
Promoting physical health
Everybody knows they should exercise, but often don’t know the best way to go about it or just how much being more active can benefit both their physical and mental health. Add this Getting Active infographic to your noticeboard to help your staff get exercising.
The NHS/Public Health Better Health posters and publicity campaign featuring real people inspires staff to get active, eat healthily and lose weight.
Promoting good mental health
If you're feeling stressed, overwhelmed, or unable to switch off, mindfulness offers a range of techniques to help you focus and relax. Add this introduction to mindfulness to your noticeboard to help your people calm the whirl of their minds.
Small, practical actions available to all can help to improve wellbeing. The Five Ways to Wellbeing is a practical guide to helping people feel happier, calmer, and more confident day-to-day.
After more resources to download? Take a look at more ways to support your staff.
What specialist services are available? SHOW
- PATH – A European Perinatal Mental Health project - provides resources and support for women, families, healthcare professionals and about-to-be parents to prevent, diagnose and/or successfully manage mild and moderate perinatal mental health issues
- Steps to Wellbeing is a free self-referral talking therapy service for people experiencing depression and anxiety
Training and career
- Apprenticeships are available in many subjects, for all ages and up to Level 7 including Masters qualifications. Advisors provide information, guidance and individualised support for employers interested in employing apprentices and staff interested in training through apprenticeships
- The Employment Support Team - offers advice and support to people who are disabled or disadvantaged to find work or training
- Access Southampton - Southampton City Council's free and impartial site gives information and links to support key decisions about education, lifelong learning, job training and career
- Setting up a new business - information on legal and statutory requirements
- The Solent LEP Growth Hub is a free service and acts as a first point of contact for all your business support related queries. It offers online information, a comprehensive self-service directory, and a team of Business Advisers available during work hours
My Journey Workplaces Team offer competitions, toolkit, grants, car-share scheme and support to encourage active and sustainable commuting and business travel. Benefits include:
- Reduced costs
- Healthier, more productive staff
- Lower carbon emissions and local pollution
- Less congestion and fewer car parking issues
You can also find out more about the Cycle to Work scheme.