Wellbeing is a buzzword we’re all too familiar with. Whether it’s looking after our mental and physical health, or paying attention to the food we consume, we’re constantly bombarded with new wellness trends in the media and on social platforms. But what does it mean in the work context, and how can wellbeing be incorporated into our working lives?
Maintaining a work-life balance is becoming increasingly harder, partly due to the changing world of work, as well as our tendency to stay connected and remain ‘online’ – and therefore contactable – after hours. Reports have shown a strong link between employee wellbeing and productivity levels, so it’s vital employers start addressing this.
The pressures of modern day working and family life can pile up too, and without support in place, it can become overwhelming. That’s why we decided to dedicate a week to cover this topic and raise awareness among staff at Workforce and, we hope, other local businesses.
During Wellbeing Week we offered all Workforce employees advice and support ranging from healthy eating tips to daily step challenges and more. Covering everything from nutrition and exercise to mental health, advice on healthy meal planning and techniques to beat stress and anxiety.
We addressed physical health, too, with staff competing to reach 10,000 steps each day through an inter-branch step challenge. This was a great team building exercise, and we all felt the benefits of incorporating more movement in and around our 9–5!
Our Wellbeing Week initiative also coincided with the launch of our new medical plan programme, which we’re really excited about. It’s available to all employees so they can get access to a range of medical care and specialists.
Alison Fry, our HR Assistant, explains why the new medical plan is so vital:
“The wellbeing of our employees is paramount and we are making sure that everyone is aware of both physical and mental health in the workplace, in order to address any issues that may occur. The launch of our new medical plan is a big part of that commitment. We also have an open-door policy should anyone need extra support, whether that be related to personal or health issues.”
We’d like to take this opportunity to thank our staff and everyone that took part in Wellbeing Week. We’ve had tremendous feedback from right across the company, and will be doing something similar next year due to the excellent comments we’ve had. We’re pleased to say that many of the initiatives will be brought into everyday life within each branch.”
If employers would like more information on wellbeing, and how to best support staff, there are a number of trusted sources such as The CIPD report on Health and Wellbeing at Work.