This section is all about leading the health and wellbeing programme within the workplace. The size and scale of the organisation will determine how this is achieved. In all circumstances, a commitment from the very top is essential.
Leadership skill, knowledge and style influence the culture of the workplace, which in turn has a significant impact on employee health and productivity. All managers have a leadership role.
The main issues to consider are:
- Understanding the health, safety and wellbeing priorities of employees
- Good communication
- Encouraging fairness and consistency in how employee wellbeing is approached
- Acknowledging and rewarding good work
- Ongoing learning and development opportunities for staff
- Leadership training for managers
- Having a complementary set of Human Resources policies
What you can do right now
Recruit a Director or Board Member as your Workplace Health Champion
When a senior manager is committed to your workplace health programme, it’s much easier to get things done. Securing a budget also helps!
Getting Started – Do you know the health and wellbeing needs of your employees and colleagues?
Go back to the main menu and look at the “Getting Started” section.
Update Your Communication Policy
The bigger your organisation, the more difficult it is to make sure that you have a strong and effective means of communicating up, down and across the organisation.
We communicate face-to-face, by phone and in writing. What works best for your organisation? It’s important to reach everyone.
Here are some links to help you:
Look again at your Human Resources Policies
To create a fair, safe and well-functioning working environment for everyone, you’ll need to consider having policies on the following topics:
- Bullying and harassment
- Procedures on discipline and grievance
- Equality and Diversity in the workplace
Give Credit Where Credit’s due
People strive to do a good job. Make room in your organisation to say “thank-you” and “well done”. Encourage everyone to praise good work and acknowledge those who arrange social events and run activities too.
Have a look at this link from ACAS.
Be Open to Training and Development Opportunities
Line managers make a substantial difference to how people feel. Your line managers will need management and leadership training.
Click on the following links to find out more:
ACAS Learning on Line is currently offering free elearning courses on topics including bullying and harassment, conflict management, managing people and mental health awareness for employers. Click here to find out more: https://elearning.acas.org.uk/index.php
- ACAS courses
- CIPD courses
- GOV.UK: This document addresses why it’s important to invest in leadership and management development
Training and Development is also important to employees.
Have a look at these sites:
Other Useful Websites