Vital Signs: Eight Elements of Workplace Wellbeing

Date posted:
Thu 09 January 2020

As part of our Health and Wellbeing Month campaign, The Walton Centre have provided us with this poster about the vital signs an of employee wellbeing programme.

'A successful health and wellbeing programme requires engagement, time and commitment. In line with the NHS Health and Wellbeing Framework we have updated our eight elements of workplace wellbeing.

The elements should not be focused on in isolation, but all need to be in place to ensure your wellbeing strategy is as effective as possible. Interventions without communication or leadership will not have the desired impact to help create a healthy culture in your organisation and ensure staff are fully supported.'

Here are the eight elements of workplace wellbeing recommended by NHS Employers:

1. Leadership and Management

– Create a forward focused, collective leadership culture

– Recruit board and clinical champions

– Have an effective wellbeing lead

– Support line managers through training

2. Organisation-wide Plan

– Have a clear vision

– Set robust, measurable objectives

– Identify all wellbeing activities and create one strategy

3. Know Your Data

– Identify all useful data sources

– Ensure your data is accurate

– Understand your demographics

– Use data to drive decision making

– Understand the wellbeing needs of your staff (health needs assessment)

4. Communication

– Have clear key messages

– Choose your communications channels to suit your audience

– Develop a brand identity

– Provide regular updates

5. Engagement

– Engage with staff

– Engage with key stakeholders

– Involve and engage union reps

6. Healthy Working Environment

– Encourage staff to take personal responsibility

– Use behaviour change techniques to support and encourage healthy behaviours

– Link with Public Health agenda and implement NICE guidance

7. Health Interventions

– Take a targeted approach, particularly to MSK and stress

– Prevention and self management

– Use available support services

– Ensure interventions are accessible for staff

– Rapid access for staff

8. Evaluate and Act

– Use your strategic objectives to build a robust evaluation

– Plan your evaluation from the start

– Act on your findings

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