Health & Wellbeing at work is about several things. It’s a combination of physical, mental, emotional and social stuff. It covers things like the quality and safety of our working environment, right through to how we feel about our work, and our contribution to our organisation.
Good health and wellbeing makes us more productive at work as well as being strongly linked to happiness and life satisfaction.
Good health & wellbeing results in better morale, involvement and motivation. If we are unwell, we’ll be supported to recover or to help us to not go off sick in the first place. We’ll be better at supporting people with disabilities or people who are at the older end of our workforce to continue to add their value and contributions.
Having a reputation as somewhere that values the health and wellbeing of its workforce as well as its patients means that we’ll be able to attract and keep the best new colleagues too.
We’ve even brought in Pets as Therapy (PAT) dogs to help patients and colleagues and what a difference they’ve made.
It’s been proved that a workplace that supports our health and wellbeing helps to reduce stress and improve performance. Good health & wellbeing is a key factor in an organisation's long-term effectiveness. Mindful and energised people practice safely, act compassionately and make good decisions. Getting this right means a better place for us to work and better outcomes for our patients.
Our health & wellbeing is one of the most talked about subjects on the tea trolley rounds. Our feedback has been about reducing mental pressures; about how important our work/life balance is; about our shifts and hours and the importance of having breaks; and about things like having proper equipment and reducing risk and hazards.
For each recipe in The Cupboard there are some key things that we need to measure. Feeling positive about our health & wellbeing at work will show itself through things such as positive responses in staff surveys; a reduction in people being off work because of sickness; and making sure that everyone who is off work through sickness gets a supportive ‘return to work’ interview.
Data and information for each of these measurements will change every month. Have a look at them and find out how we’re doing.