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Guest Blog: Are you looking after the wellbeing of your staff?
It is becoming increasingly important to understand how beneficial it is to look after the health and wellbeing of employees. As a result of this, many organisations are now creating employee wellbeing programmes to add structure and strategy.

So, what should be included in an effective wellbeing programme? An effective programme should include strategies and actions which ensure that each employee feels that they are Valued. Your employees need to feel valued for their skills and abilities – and able to use them so that they can do their role, to the very best of their ability. Employees also all need to know that they are part of a team and understand how what they do, contributes to the bigger picture of the business. Not over-burdened, a high-stress, long-hours work culture will only result in employees getting stressed, burning out and leaving. Provided with the right kit and back up, we all need the right equipment and support in place so that we can work effectively and efficiently. Employees need to feel encouraged and rewarded. We’re all at our best when we are supported and encouraged to do well – and it is also important that we receive recognition for our achievements. Able to communicate, if an employee feels unable to share a problem they’ll only bottle it up or share it inappropriately. Employees need to work in a culture where they can share their feelings within a safe and open environment. Supported to eat well and keep physically active. None of us need to be told how to eat well and stay physically active these days, however employees appreciate working in an environment where this is valued, promoted and made easy to do.

Within in your wellbeing programme, ensure that the concept is endorsed by senior leadership, and sign up a “champion” if possible. From the start be clear about what you want the wellbeing programme to do. It’s important that it is implemented into the business strategy from the beginning and has its own objectives / goals. If you have an existing healthcare plan in place, look at what wellbeing options they may be able to supply at no, or low, additional cost.

Here’s a few things that you should remember not to do. Try to avoid making the mistake of working on a “one-size-fits all” basis; do not over-prescribe programmes for individual employees but rather encourage staff to seek them out. Avoid working on the wellbeing programme as a “tick-box” exercise; make sure the programme works for the business. Don’t throw money at wellbeing, make the most of initiatives run by charities and government agencies or put a vote out by your employees and ask them what they want to try or see as wellbeing? Walking or running clubs cost nothing. Don’t expect to be an expert in all aspects of wellbeing; call on the knowledge of others when you need to, however at the same time use external providers as and when you need too, not just for the sake of it.

How can we play a part? Here at Hands on at Work we’re ready to play a key role in your employee wellbeing programme, especially when it comes to keeping your people fit, well, rewarded and happy. We offer and deliver a range of relaxing and beneficial ‘at work’ massage treatments and these are valued by organisations right across the UK. To find out about costs and options please contact us directly on 07989 367669 or email
Posted on 26 Mar 2018

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