“There’s been a huge rise in the number of workplace wellbeing programmes in the UK but the key to their success is not simply in their introduction but their integration. This requires seeing beyond simple improvements in key metrics, such as decreased absenteeism. Workplace wellness is about culture shift,” observes Bec Development MD and founder Helen Tiffany in her latest article.
She takes a look at how “being well” needs to be both strategic and integrated within a wider people plan. Helen also looks at some of the current thinking in the UK and the US, which is influencing how programmes are being introduced and what they contain.
“Research carried in the US by LifeWorks and published in January this year in Employee Benefits magazine in the UK, revealed 71% of employers viewed employee wellbeing as a fundamental driver of their workplace culture. Initiatives being introduced included mindfulness training and stress management programmes.
“That’s not to say that the UK is behind the curve. A People Management article, also published in January, cited a range of wellbeing benefits being introduced by UK employers. These include cycle-to-work schemes, fitness classes, subsidised gym memberships, outdoor meetings, healthier vending machine options, mental health workshops and confidential advice helplines.”