“Creating an employee wellbeing strategy with meaningful impact in today’s climate is easier said than done. It calls for a holistic approach that supports the mental, emotional and social needs of people in the workplace. It demands more conscious, empathetic leadership. And it requires wellbeing to be placed at the heart of an organisation’s culture”
I downloaded this report today and thoroughly recommend it to all my contacts who are working hard to manage the current challenges of the changing world of work during the pandemic.
Wellbeing isn’t anything new in the business world and we all know it’s the right thing to do; however it’s one of the initiatives that can become a bit of a tick box activity; think fruit bowls placed in the office, subsidised gym memberships advertised on the intranet and online learning sessions on mindfulness and mental toughness. All of these are great activities of course, but there’s often a real lack of joined up thinking to identify the challenges to wellbeing, and the role of the manager in developing and leading a culture of wellbeing.
Already a Mental Health First Aider, I wanted to go further to tackle mental health issues before they became a problem. So I brought together my years of experience in the Corporate world with my passion for supporting others in my Coaching practice to develop the Wellness at Work programme.
Mental Health issues have always been there, but they have been highlighted and multiplied by the Covid-19 lock-down.
Reading White Papers published by the likes of Google and Microsoft we know that people are struggling to cope being isolated from colleagues. Indeed, with the prospect of a further 6 months working from home the problem will only increase. That’s why it’s so important to tackle this now.
I’ve teamed up with one of my trusted colleagues, Heather Rayfield, to use our years of collective experience to deliver a high impact and practical development programme for managers and leaders to support them in creating a proactive strategy to strengthen mental wellbeing in themselves, their teams and the wider organisation.
Heather has been an advocate of the holistic approach to wellbeing for over 20 years. She’s a qualified clinical reflexologist; graduating in 1998 with distinctions in Reflexology Practice and Anatomy & Physiology from the International Examination Board. Heather has also developed and implemented proactive strategies to support a culture of wellbeing in highly stressful Corporate environments.