As 2019 comes to a close, we’re saying goodbye to a decade that has introduced a tremendous amount of change to the workplace wellbeing landscape. While we prepare for the start of a new year, it’s important to take a look back at the key learnings we can take forward to help us support employee health and wellbeing in 2020 and beyond. With this in mind, we’ve created a list of our ten most popular insights from this year, which we hope will continue to inspire you and your business in the year ahead.
10 – Three ways to use technology to promote wellbeing
Developments in technology have presented numerous opportunities for businesses to promote the wellbeing of their employees. From wearable tech to modern office environments, there’s plenty of exciting opportunities to help employees feel and perform better – get stuck in and explore some simple ways to get started.
9 – Five key ingredients for mental health in the workplace
Mental health is a vital aspect of our wellbeing, and some great strides have been made to remove the stigma surrounding it, but there’s still so much more we can do as employers. We’ve outlined some simple, but effective, steps you can take to better support your workforce with their mental health, such as training for managers or implementing ambassadors within your organisation.
8 – What should be in a line manager’s toolkit?
Line managers play a key role in any successful wellbeing strategy. They’re often the first to spot the signs of someone who may be struggling, the person an employee is likely to reach out to and the source of ongoing support. This article explores the tools and training any line manager should have to ensure they can support their teams in staying healthy and feeling well.
7 – Six great Ted Talks for employee engagement
We love a Ted Talk. They’re informative, engaging and often just a few minutes long. In order to help you get the most from your employees we’ve curated a list of our favourite talks around employee engagement – be sure to check them out.
6 – Facilitating employee engagement focus groups
Having initiatives to drive employee engagement can massively benefit your employees and your business, but it’s important to take time to reflect on the effectiveness of these activities. Hosting focus groups allows you to gain valuable insights and feedback, which can help to refine your future plans around employee engagement.
5 – Your guide to building a physical wellbeing strategy
Looking after the physical wellbeing of your employees has a multitude of benefits. These can include a positive impact on mental health, reductions in sickness absence, boosting productivity and decreasing the risk of employees developing serious, long-term health conditions. This how-to guide, in association with REBA, outlines everything you’ll need to develop a strategy to suit your business.
4 – Strategies to enhance sleep and improve performance
Sleep is a crucial part of maintaining our physical and mental wellbeing. And a lack of sleep can impact our performance, motivation and focus. If your employees are struggling with sleep your business is likely to suffer as a result. Hypnotherapist, Dipti Tait, explores why sleep is so important to our overall health and shares some effective strategies to enhance sleep in this insightful vlog.
3 – Do falling absence levels hide red flags?
Absence levels are a common measurement of employee wellbeing in an organisation, but without delving deeper it’s easy to overlook a number of underlying problems. While absence may reduce, unhealthy practices may be on the rise, which can negatively impact the wellbeing of your employees as well as the performance of your business.
2 – How to work with grief
Grief can affect us all at some point in our lives and it impacts everyone in different ways. In this vlog, Dipti Tait discusses why employers and managers need to be aware of how grief can affect our mental health, explores some triggers of grief, and outlines strategies everyone can employ to deal with grief across all areas of their life.
1 – CIPD Health & Well-being at Work 2019 report
The nineteenth edition of our workplace wellbeing research with the CIPD landed in April this year. It explores the findings from our annual survey and provides insights into issues of health, wellbeing and absence in UK workplaces. This year, the link between work-related stress and poor management has been brought to the forefront, exploring how organisations can implement a support network to provide managers with necessary training and tools.