Are we getting wellbeing in the workplace right?

Conventional wellbeing programmes are rarely designed to target the often unconscious or ‘not talked about’ aspects of workplace culture that silently affect its leadership style and people’s habits, beliefs and behaviours.

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We don’t think so

Wellbeing in the workplace is high on the agenda but are we getting it right? In today’s business environment, workplace stress is an everyday feature, drilled into us through the media and our  day-to-day language. As a result, it’s  the subject of constant head-scratching  about the burden it places on employees, and how to effectively support and tackle it. 

We know what makes people sick at work

The CIPD Health and Wellbeing at Work report (2019) highlighted the top 3 causes of stress related illness as: 

  1. Heavy workloads 
  2. Poor management style  
  3. Poor relationships at work 

For most people reading this, the above will come as no surprise. We are all being asked to do more with less and it’s been that way for some time. Put simply, we know the pain points at work that make people sick.

Does this mean that existing solutions are not working? 

A typical approach to managing stress and wellbeing in the workplace is through programmes that commonly involve a series of events, health screenings and incentives that undoubtedly relieve the symptoms. But do they directly address what causes workplace stress in the first place?  

Programmes need to directly link back and address these top causes of workplace stress 

We need to think differently. Conventional wellbeing programmes are rarely designed to target the often unconscious or ‘not talked about’ aspects of workplace culture that silently affect leadership style and people’s habits, beliefs and behaviours. There is a need to move beyond wellbeing and towards developing a resilient culture that delivers proactive action designed to manage the top causes of workplace stress.  

Resilience changes our relationship with stress and boosts performance and relationships 

Rather than investing in wellbeing at work interventions, forward-thinking leaders are now investing in the minds of their people, providing strong psychological foundations through resilience training to help them  feel more in control, empowered, focused and engaged in times of adversity or pressure. This resilience approach  is long-lasting, reduces stress and anxiety, lessens burnout and improves performance and leadership. 

Changing peoples mindset changes the results 

Developing skill-based resilience is the key to removing the culturally embedded barriers that cause workplace stress and block productivity, engagement and potential. Our resilience programmes delivered across a diverse set of industries ranging from FTSE 100 companies, Government, Emergency Services and NHS Trusts show investing in resilience training can significantly reduce individual and team stress, anxiety and relationship issues that get in the way of everyone’s performance and wellbeing.

Watch: David from our team

Watch David talk to an audience of HR specialists at a DisruptHr conference explaining why he believes we need to redefine wellbeing before it’s too late.

For more information on how resilience training could act as a key enabler for you, your team or organisation, get in touch as we love talking all things resilience! 

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