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Health and Wellbeing – driver of Organisational Health

February 8th, 2016

There are few employers that would disagree that a workforce in a good state of health and well- being must surely contribute to enhanced business outcomes, however many employers are still not seeing health and well-being as a strategic priority.

The CIPD recently published a report “Growing the Health & Well-being agenda” recognising the positive link between employee well-being and long-term organisational health and highlights the change in focus from simply mitigating health risks to active optimisation of people’s health and wellbeing through a fully integrated wellbeing approach at the very core of the organisation.

This ensures that employers are using a “best practice” approach wherever they touch their employees; and the CIPD refer to the 5 domains of well being:

  1. Work
  2. Health
  3. Personal growth
  4. Collective/ Social
  5. Values and principles

These symbolise the key pillars of the relationship between the employer and the individual and encourages a mutual respectful standard of behaviour in line with employee wellbeing.

Employers should be taking the following action:

  • Make health & wellbeing a strategic priority
  • Senior Managers must buy in and role model the necessary behaviours – senior leaders and line managers are pivotal to shaping employee’s experiences in work and bringing policies to life and therefore have a vital role in managing and enhancing the employee experience. It is essential that they are up for the challenge and properly trained.
  • Create a healthy culture by integrating health and wellbeing practices and initiatives into the day to day operations.

This will prove challenging in certain sectors, but organisations that genuinely promote and value the health and well-being of employees will benefit from improved engagement and retention of employees with consequent gains in performance and productivity.

Should you need assistance with this please contact us we would be delighted to help.

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