This can all too often be overlooked in the rush to meet deadlines, targets and in dealing with the many rigors of school and college life.
A healthy workplace
Acas highlights seven specific indicators which all contribute to a healthy workplace:
- line managers are confident and trained in people skills
- employees feel valued and involved in the organisation
- jobs are flexible and well-designed
- managers have working knowledge and practical experience of risk assessment parameters
- managers use appropriate health services (e.g occupational health referrals) to help people get back to work
- managers promote a health and well-being by conducting return to work discussions when staff have been off sick
- managers know how to deal with common problems such as stress and musculoskeletal disorders.
These go hand in hand with proper staff engagement.
Promoting well-being at work
Promoting well-being can be broken down into four closely related areas:
- Finding out: what are the problems, issues or pressure points affecting health? What needs to be done?
- Taking action: reaching agreement on changes, actions and policies.
- Monitoring: are policies working? Are we getting it right? What needs review?
- Raising awareness: talking to colleagues about well-being at work.
Above all, there must be a strong commitment from the organisation's leadership in order to successfully promote well-being at work.