How can we improve wellbeing in our workplace?
Develop your approach to workplace wellbeing
Improving wellbeing at work involves more than just a few one-off initiatives like gym memberships, or, only engaging staff once a year on national dates. It's important to develop a strategy that's wide-reaching, comprehensive and sustainable. Wellbeing programmes need to be fully integrated into an organisation's culture and operations to be successful. But where to start?
We've developed a downloadable resource, together with Mindful Employer Leeds, which can guide you as a local employer, whether big or small, through the steps you can take to improve wellbeing in your workplace.
You can also access a free online resource called the 10 Steps Toolkit developed by Mindful Employer Leeds which is designed to help you:
- Engage - increase awareness of mental health at work.
- Educate - challenge stigma and build skills.
- Embed - create a sustainable approach to supporting employee wellbeing.
The mental health charity Mind has produced this leaflet to help you take a look at mental health in your workplace, which you may also find helpful:
Join the Mindful Employer Leeds network
Guidance and information in creating a healthy workplace culture is available by joining Mindful Employer Leeds network. Mindful Employer is a national initiative which supports employers to take a positive attitude to mental health at work. In Leeds the network has a strong network of employers across all sectors who are interested in making positive changes in their workplaces to properly support staff experiencing mental health difficulties.
It's free to join the network. Members can attend free quarterly network events and receive a monthly newsletter. They can also ask the Mindful Employer Leeds Coordinator for support and advice and sign the Mindful Employer Charter which shows a commitment to working towards better practice.
Mindful Employer Plus is a service exclusively for organisations who are Charter signatories. It provides a confidential staff helpline and a confidential managerial adviceline for just £1+VAT per person per year.
Give staff information about MindWell
MindWell has lots of resources to help you promote positive mental health in your organisation.
Using and displaying our resources can help to reduce the fear and stigma that can stop people talking about their mental health at work. It's also especially helpful for line managers and staff who may be concerned about a colleague to have access to these resources.
MindWell plasma screen
MindWell email signature
A range of printed resources including MindWell posters and cards, How are you feeling? leaflet and Leeds Crisis Card is available from Leeds Public Health Resource Centre. It can be helpful to leave some of these resources in areas like kitchens and toilets.
We have a library of self-help resources which can be shared with team members including these self-care sheets. It's also a great idea to put our wellbeing at work sheet on your staff noticeboards!