What workplace wellbeing is – and isn’t
There is more to supporting your employees' wellbeing than fitness classes and awareness days. Read on to find out how you can proactively support the mental health of your workplace.
Wellbeing is about more than physical health
Workplace wellbeing is about all aspects of work life. It includes your workers’ physical safety, workload, how their work is designed and organised, support from leaders and peers, and more. When you get it right, workers are safe, healthy, satisfied and engaged.
Fitness classes, mindfulness sessions or resilience training may help promote healthy habits in your workforce. But to truly support their wellbeing, you must go further and address your workplace’s environment, systems and culture.
Get leadership support
Tell your leaders why mental health at work matters. Get their commitment to consult workers about how to improve mental health and wellbeing at work and act on the findings. Give them a sample report (PDF 533.39KB) from the Workplace Wellbeing Assessment, to show them the data, insights and recommended actions your business can gain from the tool.
Consult with your team
Identify factors and analyse data
Once your staff complete their survey, you will get a comprehensive page report (like the one linked above) that will help you see what factors are impacting mental health and wellbeing in your workplace. You should also look at other human resources data you might have, such as use of support programs like Employee Assistance Programs and reports of bullying and harassment.
Make a plan
Use the recommended actions in your Workplace Wellbeing Assessment report as the starting point for your action plan. Your plan should contain specific and achievable initiatives and actions that can be measured and monitored.
Put your plan into action
Your plan and policies will work best when they’re clearly and effectively communicated to everyone in your workplace. Be sure to include it in induction training and make sure it’s easily accessible in hard and soft copy.
Evaluate and improve
Run the Workplace Wellbeing Assessment again to track and report on your progress. You will be able to compare your previous results all in the same report.
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