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Currently, mental wellbeing is high up on most agendas for many obvious reasons. The reality for many employers right now is that their workforce is hugely divided in its experiences – people may be physically unwell, lonely and isolated, busy caring for dependents, homeschooling or feel burnout from work encroaching on their home space. Much of this is not visible to employers.
Even though the context is hugely different to before 2020, what remains the same is the framework for understanding how to strategically manage workforce wellbeing. Mental first aid is essential for those suffering serious issues. Fortunately, most of us spend periods feeling a bit below par but never reach a level of poor mental health that requires such urgent first aid. In reality for many of us, our wellbeing is affected by poorly designed performance targets, operational processes that cause peaks and troughs out of our control etc. Promoting workforce well-being can help create positive working environments and build resilience.
Where to start?
Our workforce wellbeing diagnostic assessment investigates the impact of all these factors on your people’s wellbeing, engagement and performance. Our interactive assessment offers feedback to individuals completing the assessment about ways that they can influence their environment to help contribute to cultivating a healthy workplace.
“We tend to think of burnout as an individual problem, solvable by “learning to say no,” more yoga, better breathing techniques, practicing resilience — the self-help list goes on. But evidence is mounting that applying personal, band-aid solutions to an epic and rapidly evolving workplace phenomenon may be harming, not helping, the battle. With “burnout” now officially recognized by the World Health Organization (WHO), the responsibility for managing it has shifted away from the individual and towards the organization. Leaders take note: It’s now on you to build a burnout strategy.” Jennifer Moss, Harvard Business Review, 2019
Where we focus
The factors that influence wellbeing can be found at four different levels: the individual’s wellbeing, job design, the working environment, and organisational culture. These factors together influence the organisation’s resilience to change and its performance.
How we can help
We can help you, your team or your organisation in the following ways:
These structured coaching sessions are designed to help you (re)build your resilience ready for tough times ahead. We will explore how you choose to make a difference, who you are at your best, your vision, purpose and what obstacles there are to achieving your desired goals. Sessions are via Zoom, Teams, phone, or face-to-face if you are based near Cambridge, UK.
Managing Wellbeing workshop
We explore mental wellbeing as a spectrum and where a worker’s needs differ at different points. This 2-3 hour session will support managers and HR with understanding the elements that affect workplace wellbeing and agree on how to make integrated, collaborative change to improve wellbeing. Workshops can be delivered online or face-to-face.
Workforce Wellbeing strategies
We look at the overall picture across teams, departments and the organisation to identify any systemic, policy or cultural changes that might help boost a more resilient workplace. We work with HR and managers to develop and refine your workforce wellbeing strategies. Our consultancy support is bespoke to your specific needs.
What clients have said
“Having taken some time to reflect on my wellbeing, I realise that I have never felt able (through pressure of business and lack of funding) to take much time to focus on my own professional development, across the many responsibilities and therefore skills that I have. Thank you for your ongoing support .” Senior Manager, Not for Profit sector.