January 23, 2019
Recent research by the British Safety Council identified significant levels of uncertainty in the UK about workplace wellbeing. Its report Not just free fruit: wellbeing at work, found that employee wellbeing is often ignored or misunderstood, with employers unsure how to define it or how to improve staff wellbeing, what priority to give it and how to measure the effectiveness of wellbeing interventions and programmes.
Now, Professor Dame Carol Black, a government advisor on health and work and a campaigner for better mental health and wellbeing, not only explains how it can be done simply but also the reasons why it should be done: improved welling in the workplace can improve productivity by up to a quarter. At a time of high job insecurity and the uncertainties of Brexit, she says that “there is no better time than now to say that we must support the staff we’ve got because we don’t know how many of them we are going to have in the future.”
Her views and advice were recorded by the British Safety Council in a series of film interviews about the nature of workplace wellbeing:
Professor Carol Black defines wellbeing as: “A sense of contentment which is made up of mental health, physical health and a feeling that where you are at any time is a good place to be. That good place can and should be the workplace.”