The ‘Big 5’ Wellbeing Challenges in the Workplace Today
Every month, Jo Fielder, Business Development Lead at The Wellbeing Project, and her team speak to hundreds of HR and L&D teams across multiple sectors about the challenges they face in supporting wellbeing and performance in their organisations. Here she brings together the ‘Big 5’. The arrival of spring, and the progress made with vaccination programmes, are bringing renewed optimism. But, after a challenging year, many people are feeling the strain, and there is huge uncertainty about what happens next
1. How can I take a temperature check and plan for the future?
At this unique moment in history, HR teams know that the wellbeing and resilience of their people are critical. But to plan effectively, they need to understand what’s really going on. Whilst employee engagement surveys provide a good starting point, many are looking for deeper insight to benchmark, measure and tailor interventions for maximum impact.
2. How do I support my leaders?
When the pandemic struck, everything changed. Faced with unprecedented disruption and a constantly shifting landscape, leaders forged their way ahead, whilst continuing to support their teams. Now it’s time for something for them – space to re-energise, re-focus, re-group and build their own personal resilience for what comes next.
3. Whether homeworking or in the office (or perhaps a bit of both!) how can I ensure all our people thrive?
After the mass experiment in homeworking, organisations are figuring out what comes next. From office to home to hybrid, the opportunity to reshape work for the better is there. This means addressing some big questions. How do you sustain team performance when working remotely? How will people respond to the return of the commute? What support do people need as they adjust to new ways of working? Change is coming – it’s not a question of when, it’s how to make it work.
4. People are feeling the strain – how can we help our people to get back on an even keel?
The sustained impact of Covid-19 is leaving its mark. The triple blow of uncertainty, disruption and change has left people denergised and they’re looking for a reset. Proactive ways to support self-care, manage stress and rebuild resilience are high on the agenda.
“The opportunity to reshape work for the better is there.”
5. How can I bridge the wellbeing skills gap?
The past year has put the spotlight on mental health and wellbeing in the workplace. More than ever, HR and L&D teams have been a listening ear, providing invaluable support across the organisation. But many feel they lack adequate training and are now looking at ways to build this vital capability through their organisation. Wellbeing Champion Training, Mental Health First Aiders and Resilience Train The Trainer are all in demand.
Whatever challenges you and your people are facing right now, you can rest assured that you’re not alone. To chat to Jo and her team and find out how we can help, just get in touch.