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Wellbeing on the Corporate Ladder

Infographic taken from survey paper showing percentages of future work on wellbeing
At a glance survey results on future wellbeing plans

Health and wellbeing continues to rise up the UK corporate agenda.

The Towers Watson Health, Wellbeing and Productivity survey shows that over two-thirds of organisations plan to increase support for their health and wellbeing programmes in the next two years.

However, the results of the survey don’t say why this is. These could be new corporate responsibility programmes and the employer trying to attract recruits, or possibly due to the need for managing absence, stress and, sometimes, benefit costs. For some, this approach shows recognition that such programmes improved worker performance. And yet there is little direct focus on quantifying the value and return on investment associated with health and well-being programmes.

Few companies track the benefits of programme and measure these against targets, whilst even fewer seek to link to improved worker behaviours and employee productivity. As a result, a third of organisations report a lack of evidence on financial returns as a significant obstacle to improving the health and wellbeing of their workforce.

Government Well-being Initiatives

An image taken from the front page of the Department of Health website showing the responsibility deal logo
The webpage of the Responsibility Deal

The government through its Responsibility Deal enables companies to sign up to public health initiatives asking to commit to 5 core goals and then to devise their own well-being targets using tools and case studies from the website.  Progress against each target is checked annually in April by the responsibility deal partners. To see who has already signed up to the well-being initiative click here

The Royal Society for Public Health

The Royal Society for Public Health is an independent, multi-disciplinary charity, dedicated to the promotion and protection of collective human health and wellbeing; formed in October 2008 with the merger of the Royal Society of Health and the Royal Institute of Public Health.

Find out more about their work here

The Awards are open to all organisations that promote health and wellbeing as part of their role commissioning/support/service delivery. These include health organisations, education providers, social enterprises, local authorities, voluntary public and private sector organisations in the four UK countries.

For 2014 the RSPH is promoting a Health and Wellbeing Awards to recognise achievement in the development and implementation of health promotion and community wellbeing strategies and initiatives.This year they would be particularly interested in learning from workplace health initiatives and hoping to see more organisations coming forward with this type of case study. For more information on how to enter click here

Institute of Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability

An image of the institute of corporate responsibility and sustainability logo that is newly launched in London July 2014
Institute of Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability Logo newly launched July 14

On the same tack the Institute of Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability (ICRS) launched July 14 aims to support and develop professionalism in the field of CSR by establishing standards, a code of conduct and creating learning and development opportunities, and grappling with huge issues in human rights, climate change and resource management.For more information click here


 

Setting up your own Well-Being Programme

For your own step by step guide on setting up a wellbeing programme follow the workplace wellbeing resources 

Further Well-Being Resources on this site:

7 steps to a well-being programme

Why drink water.  10 good reasons video

Tackling Fatigue – info and video

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