Employee Wellbeing – a happy workforce is a productive workforce

Is your organisation really embracing employee wellbeing or is it simply ‘ticking the box’ by doing the bare minimum?  For example, help yourself fruitbowls, subsidised gym memberships and a cycle to work scheme.

Employee Wellbeing should be central to a business, adopted by senior management and should be implemented from the top down. The CIPD, who are the experts on all things people development and management have created a  model, which highlights the importance of employee wellbeing and illustrates how getting it right is essential to the jigsaw of a business.

What is employee wellbeing?

Again, our friends at the CIPD have a very succinct definition in terms of wellbeing in the workplace:

 “a state of contentment which allows an employee to flourish” 

So, from this we can derive that it is more than just helping to get your five a day and making sure you are physically healthy!

Wellbeing has traditionally been focused on physical health and wellbeing, with the emphasis on an employee being proactive and signing-up to the schemes and benefits.  However, almost two-fifths of organisations have seen an increase in reported common mental health conditions such as anxiety and depression among employees in the past 12 months (CIPD).  Therefore offering solutions to support mental wellbeing is essential.

Why have a wellbeing programme?

As more employees are taking time off for mental health issues, productivity, output and motivation will be affected.   To engender a positive culture in the workplace it is becoming increasingly important for business leaders to understand that a good employee wellbeing programme is not a ‘nice to have’ but a ‘need to have’.

A recent CIPD factsheet has identified the top three benefits to employers increasing their focus on employee wellbeing as:

  • Better employee morale and engagement
  • A healthier and more inclusive culture
  • Lower sickness absence

Things to consider

A wellbeing programme should be:

  • A long-term investment
  • Inclusive – a wellbeing programme can help with diversity and a promote a balanced workplace
  • Looking after physical and mental challenges faced by employees.
  • Monitored – what is working and what is not, and make changes.
  • Informed – what do your employees want? Work with existing internal networks and ‘plug’ any holes.
  • Promoted – to ensure success the programme requires internal promotion.
  • Delivered with integrity – think employee! As a business you will reap the rewards of a healthy workforce, but make sure the recipients feel it is about them.
  • Delivered from the top down – ensure you have an executive sponsor and business leaders are seen to be benefiting from the programme.

Helping working families

Here at Parental Choice we are all about helping businesses support employees who are parents or those who have eldercare responsibilities.

Many parents or carers take time off work through poorly planned care, stress of dealing with challenges presented by issues at home or can just be distracted when they are at work, meaning a reduction in productivity and a definite reduction in their ‘state of contentment’!

We can help with the mental and physical wellbeing of your employees through our programme of talks and searches for long-term dependable childcare or eldercare.

Sarah-Jane Butler, CEO & Founder of Parental Choice said: ‘I identified that for companies to get the most out of their employees who are working parents, they needed to recognise the struggles that many parents face when returning to work after starting a family.

‘Employees need to understand that what happens outside of work has an enormous impact on whether an employee stays in work. If a working parent doesn’t feel recognised or understood, then they will look elsewhere for an employer that does understand. It’s not rocket science.’

Our Family Wellbeing Programmes include childcare and eldercare advice consultations, a programme of wellbeing lunch and learn sessions delivered by a panel of experts dealing with issues from child self-esteem to separation and divorce to managing work/life balance, parenting-focused newsletters, online advice portal and discounted childcare searches.

Our forward-thinking clients include L’Oreal, Euromoney, White & Case, Northern Trust and more in financial services and legal sectors. We provide our services across EMEA and APAC.

What our clients say

We have been working with Northern Trust for a number of years and recently delivered a talk in APAC which was broadcast internationally and made available for them on our Working Family Portal.  The feedback was great!

“I would like to thank you for coming up with that topic. It was very insightful. I absolutely learned a lot which I know would help me in conquering the struggles I face every day as a working mom. I really commend NT for showing how important the partners are by conducting this kind of Webinar. I hope to attend more of your informative sessions.”

To find out more on the wide range of topics we cover and to chat through how Parental Choice can help tailor a Family Wellbeing Programme get in touch!

info@parentalchoice.co.uk  |  00 44 20 8979 6453  | 


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