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 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.

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 advice line for just £1+VAT per person per year.

Email mindfulemployer@leedsmind.org.uk for more information about joining the network.

Get involved: This is Me Yorkshire

This is Me is a nationwide campaign empowering employers of all sizes to collectively change the narrative around mental health in the workplace by encouraging employees to share their stories and experiences. Find out how to get involved in Yorkshire.

Get involved: ‘Check-in’ campaign

The ‘Check-in‘ campaign aims to reduce staff suicide and promote a wellbeing culture by normalising the conversation around suicide and mental health as well as providing training, resources and signposting to support.

The campaign runs across the West Yorkshire and Harrogate Health and Care Partnership and is accessible by all colleagues, working and volunteering, in your organisation.

Support staff who are working remotely

With the shift to remote working due to the coronavirus pandemic, it’s likely that many people will be working remotely for a long period. Whether that’s full time, or for part of their working week. It’s important to support staff to work effectively, look after their mental health and stay connected with colleagues during this time.

For managers and team leaders, Mind have put together a list of ideas of how to support your team’s wellbeing whilst staff are working from home or remotely. Visit the webpage here: Coronavirus: supporting yourself and your team

Our page Self-care to stay well whilst working from home has tips and resources to help people manage their mental health and set some boundaries for their home working.

Support staff who are going into workplaces during the coronavirus pandemic

For some workplaces, continuing to work onsite during the pandemic will need to be part of your day-to-day work. For example in healthcare, emergency services, police, hospitality, construction and retail (according to government guidance). Some staff members may find working in these circumstances difficult or challenging, so it’s important to find ways to support staff during this time.

The Coping with going into work during coronavirus webpage from Mind has lots of information that can help employees who are working onsite.

The guide includes information about:

  • Difficult feelings employees may be experiencing like stress, anxiety, guilt and anger.
  • Wearing a mask at work.
  • Tips for taking care of your mental health and wellbeing.
  • How to find support.

Give staff information about MindWell

MindWell has lots of resources to help you promote positive mental health in your organisation.

Sharing 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

Staff intranet

Do you have a staff intranet where you can share information about MindWell?

Printed resources

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.

Self-help materials

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 or intranet!