What businesses can do
In order to ensure your workplace health programme meets the needs of your business it is important to develop and implement plans which make use of resources as effectively as possible. A simple workplace health strategy can also assist with evaluating and measuring the impact of health and wellbeing initiatives on staff and the wider business.
The World Health Organisation has developed an easily adaptable, eight-step tool for organisations developing a healthy workplace strategy:
Key stakeholders need to be engaged. Employees’ and representative groups’ needs inform the health and wellbeing strategy or plan.
At this point the team of potential Workplace Health Champions should be identified. The champion group should include people from all sectors and levels of the business. This is a good time to approach our partners Living Sport for advice and support and contacnt their programme manager.
Once Workplace Health Champions have been trained it is important to measure the current situation. Organisations may wish to gather baseline data on sickness absence, staff turnover and any issues that have arisen from workplace inspections and risk assessments. This is also the time to carry out a staff survey to assess the health and wellbeing concerns of staff.
Wellbeing leads for workplaces can access the funded Practitioner networks, led by our partners Living Sport which allow employers to share good practice and keep updated on the latest wellbeing initiatives/toolkits from Public health and associated partners.
Workplace Health Champions now need to prioritise which health areas to focus on.
Workplace Health Champions should then put together a plan of general activities (e.g. stop smoking advisor visit) and broad timescales. Budget, facilities and resources need to be included.
Implement the action plan!
It is important to examine what is working and what isn’t. For example, an additional staff survey can be run a year into a wellbeing programme to measure the positive impact upon staff health. Sickness absence rates before and after implementation of a programme can provide useful evaluation data.
Make changes based on evaluation results to improve the health and wellbeing programme. Also ensure successes are acknowledged!