Companies are rapidly implementing Workplace Wellbeing Programmes (WWP) recognising that there is an ethical, societal and financial duty to ensure the welfare of all employees.
From a legal perspective, it is vital to ensure that all managers understand the importance of communicating any Workplace Wellbeing concerns raised to them to the appropriate people, and for those people to action. If not, this could lead to discrimination and unfair dismissal claims.
The issues of poor and/or lack of WWP (and the cost to the UK) are firmly on the government agenda. Additionally, the Health and Safety Executive have identified the need to inspect businesses on how they focus on health risks in their 2016/17 Business Plans. There is now a need for organisations’ dedicated strategies to integrate in overarching human resources and health and safety policies.
The five domains of Workplace Wellbeing:
Health; Physical health, Physical Safety and Mental Health
Work; Working environment, good line management, work demands, autonomy, change management, pay & reward
Values/Principles; Leadership, ethical standards & diversity
Collective/Social; employee voice & positive relationships
Personal Growth; career development, emotional, lifelong learning & creativity