What is wellbeing in the workplace?

Supporting your employees’ health and wellbeing simply means encouraging a positive working environment and reducing workplace stress. There is no set definition for a workplace wellbeing programme – it should be unique to your business.

You can encourage wellbeing in the workplace in several ways, for example offering your team mental health support through Employee Assistance Programmes (EAP) and occupational health services. Employee recognition and an open culture can also promote positive wellbeing at work. Small changes make a huge difference, too. Collaboration spaces, flexible working and providing healthy office snacks are all simple ways to improve your workplace wellbeing.

The value of employee wellbeing

A healthy workplace helps your team to flourish. A wellbeing programme helps employees feel appreciated at work and encourage them to adopt healthy lifestyle habits. It can reduce any work-related stress and promote a positive working environment for everyone.

As a manager, you’ll reap the benefits of a happy workforce too. By promoting wellbeing in the workplace, your team will be more productive, engaged, and happier. You may find reduced absence, improved morale, and a lower staff turnover.

Encouraging a good work-life balance can protect your employees’ physical and mental health. Simple things like ensuring employees have a reasonable workload and that they aren’t facing any unrealistic expectations can improve their wellbeing.

Improving wellbeing in your workplace starts here

With so many people spending the majority of their waking hours at work, looking after your employees’ health and happiness is more important than ever. Here, we can help you to support your team’s health and wellbeing – and suggest ways you can improve it.

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Help for the things that matter

We understand that having cancer concerns, mental health issues and muscle, bone and joint conditions can be stressful for your employees. Which is why we want them to speak to us first, usually without the need to see a GP. This improves the speed of diagnosis and minimises worry and absence.

Find out more about our health and wellbeing cover for your employees

Direct Access telephone services are available as long as the symptoms are covered under the policy. If your cover excludes conditions you had before your policy started, we’ll ask you to provide evidence from your GP that your symptoms are not pre-existing for a period of up to two years from policy start date (or five years in the case of mental health). We can then refer you to a consultant or therapist through the Direct Access service. Always call us first to check your eligibility.