TOP 3 ACTIONS FOR A SUCCESSFUL EMPLOYEE WELLBEING PROGRAMME
The benefits of coaching your employees to be the best they can be both mentally and physically are clear to see for staff and the organisation; increasing employee engagement, resilience, retention and productivity reduces absence due to poor health.
When looking to introduce an employee wellbeing programme there are 3 essential ingredients that are key for creating real change.
1. CLEAR VISION AND STRATEGY
Having a clear vision from your leaders about the type of culture you want within your organisation sets the tone for creating a clear wellbeing strategy. For example, if your organisation is committed to creating a positive, healthy, energised, engaged workforce, then your wellbeing strategy should be aligned to this vision. From there, it is important that your leaders and managers are aligned to this vision and strategy and are consistent in their behaviours and actions.
2. A CONSISTENT PROACTIVE APPROACH WITH A PORTFOLIO OF INITIATIVES
Wellbeing should be a consistent and ongoing feature of company culture for your organisation to reap the benefits. This is why you need to implement a clear strategy so that your wellbeing vision is widely and consistently understood and implemented throughout the organisation.
Not every element of a wellbeing programme will be suitable, or necessary, for every employee. The most effective wellbeing programmes are made up of a wide range of targeted initiatives, including live webinars and face to face workshops often aimed at different groups with differing needs. Having a portfolio of initiatives also allows that programme to cater to different learning styles, making the session engaging and more likely inspire employees to take consistent action.
Regular employee feedback of the initiatives ensures that the programme remains relevant and evolves to suit the changing needs of the organisation.
3. ENGAGING INTERNAL COMMS & BUSINESS EVENTS WITH A WELLBEING ELEMENT
Regular wellbeing initiatives that are well communicated will encourage maximum numbers of staff to get involved. Targeting bespoke communications to appeal to specific groups within your organisation means they are more likely to listen and therefore take action and get results in improving their health and energy.
Aligning your wellbeing strategy and programme with business events, such as team meetings and staff conferences to further help to support change.
With the 2017 on our doorstep, now is the ideal time to launch or review your organisation’s wellbeing programme and identify the right health, energy and resilience programme that can positively impact your organisation’s culture, productivity and success.
Oliver Gray & Dr Elisabeth Philipps PhD