Here are some tips on how to get started or progress on your school/academy trust's wellbeing journey.
What Is Wellbeing?
Essentially wellbeing is about creating a state of contentment where individuals can flourish*. Resilience is about an individual's 'bouncebackability' and developing resilient employees is likely to feed into a wellbeing agenda.
Historically, wellbeing has focussed on safe working practices or management of ill-health. But more recently, a much more holistic view of employee wellbeing has developed.
Sitting alongside this, there has been much more of a focus on employee mental health, given the escalating numbers of employees suffering with poor mental health and the evidential links between poor mental health and poor work outcomes. This is highlighted in the government's recent review undertaken by Dennis Stevenson and Paul Farmer, which places responsibility on employers (along with other stakeholders) to take greater responsibility for employee mental health. In particular, Stevenson and Farmer recommended that all employers, regardless of size, should implement mental health core standards in their business.
If this isn't enough to persuade you that employee wellbeing should be high on your agenda, there is growing evidence to suggest that investing in this area produces measureable returns in the shape of more productive employees and lower sickness absence as well as making your organisation a great place to work.
What Can You Do to Improve Wellbeing?
Whilst a number of organisations have some wellbeing initiatives already in place, the evidence shows that wellbeing programmes will be most successful where they are central to the workplace. So where should you start?