Schools are beginning to take wellbeing seriously but what about businesses?

Apr 01 2012

I read a recent article showcasing a school in Berkshire that has introduced wellbeing lessons to help boost pupils' grades. The lessons were introduced to the school's curriculum in 2006 and since then, A level grades have risen - from 69 percent achieving A or B grades to 93 per cent achieving an A*, A or B.

Clearly investment in pupil’s wellbeing, giving them time out from other lessons to focus on this, is having a positive impact. But how long will it take for other schools to get this and start investing in it? My conclusion – it will take a long time if businesses are anything to go by.

Government statistics show that for every £1 invested in staff wellbeing, there’s a return of £3 in improved efficiency and productivity and research from Roffey Park has repeatedly found a correlation between individual wellbeing and the financial and strategic success of the organisation they work for.

Like some of the businesses we work with the school in Berkshire is being innovative and reaping the benefits. However, some employers are not doing anything when it comes to employee wellbeing or simply dipping their toes in the water - perhaps they just don't understand the true cost of poor wellbeing or they see it has being just too difficult to tackle? As an expert in health, energy and performance I know that it doesn’t take much to see a little increase in energy levels and performance – one simple change can have a huge impact.

To achieve meaningful results a culture shift is needed, which has to start at the top with senior management. As managers and leaders we need to lead by example – only when we take our health and wellbeing seriously, will this will filter down to staff.