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Building a Wellbeing Focused Culture

Published 20th October 2016 by Thomas Bale

This short guide covers Top Tips from leading practitioners on How to Encourage a Wellbeing Focused Culture.

The culture of a workplace is extremely important and any change requires everyone, from top managers to junior employees, to modify their behaviour. With commitment and engagement, it is possible to change workplace culture for the better.

Why is workplace culture important?
Having a sense of ownership over our work and a degree of autonomy is strongly linked to health. Limited
decision-making opportunities, and a general feeling of powerlessness can create stress which, in turn, can cause accidents, illness and despondency.

People issues in workplace culture
Organisations looking to improve their workplace culture could ask themselves:
• How are people encouraged to take action in support of health and wellbeing?
• How do we ensure that different health and wellbeing needs are met?
• What involvement do employees have in health and wellbeing related improvements or initiatives and decisions?

How Investors in People can help
Investors in People helps you to look at how your managers encourage people to take ownership and responsibility, and participate in decision-making processes

Top Drivers of Workplace Wellbeing and Engagement

Collaborate to reach a common goal
Organisations benefit from people working together towards clear goals

Have inspirational and trusted leaders
Good leadership promotes positive attitudes, cross-team working and better service.

Create an open-minded culture
Employees should understand the business and be able to suggest and deliver creative responses to challenges. Consultation will increase confidence and encourage engagement.

Be positive about change
A static culture can be bad for business. If internal communications emphasise the value of positive change, they can help to create momentum.

Encourage face-to-face communication
Encourage office-based employees to get out of their chairs and speak to colleagues. It will improve their working relationships and give people a bit of exercise throughout the day

Set up a wellbeing committee
Ask for volunteers to set up a wellbeing committee to promote initiatives, champion the wellbeing effort and encourage employee involvement.

Encourage development
Supporting employee training helps keep people motivated and interested in their current and future roles within the organisation.