This week is Great Britain Health and Wellbeing Week 2017 (23rd – 27th October). The awareness week promotes wellbeing at home and at work, and this year it is focused on creating positive mental health for employees.
“1 in 6 workers in Great Britain suffer from mental health issues”
At OutserveWeb, we take the health and wellbeing of staff very seriously. We regularly review our health and wellbeing policy and ensure that staff have regular opportunity to communicate and implement their suggestions for improved wellbeing at work. We recently asked staff, “What one thing could we do to improve health and wellbeing in the office?” The answers have led to staff members taking set breaks away from the computer, and half an hour out in the middle of the day to make any personal phone calls and to go for a walk. (As walks in nature are meant to be particularly beneficial, we’re very lucky that our offices are on the edge of a nature reserve!) We also pay for an annual eye test for staff as they all work at a computer screen.
Health and Wellbeing Week Themes
The official Health and Wellbeing Week, which is expected to involve several million people, revolves around 4 central themes:
This is about where ill health impacts on your ability to work. It looks at ways to remain in work or return to work with support for your ongoing recovery
This is about training, removing hazards and monitoring to ensure the workplace is safe and well-maintained.
This is about encouraging staff to take responsibility for their own health and wellbeing.
This is about encouraging the wider community that we come into contact with to take responsibility for their health and wellbeing too.
For more information about the Great Britain Health and Wellbeing Week, click here.
How do you support your employees’ health and wellbeing? Do you have a policy place? Do you know your statutory requirements as an employer? Do you give your employees opportunity to make suggestions regarding improvements?