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In 2020, the CIPD reported an average absence of 5.8 days per employee per year, the lowest-ever in 20 years of reporting. Although this would appear positive, 89% of respondents also observed presenteeism – people working when unwell. To accompany this, 60% reported an increase in common mental health conditions. Leaving home to go to work when not feeling well was standard practice until last year when rolling out of bed to the “home office” increased the accessibility of the workplace. More employers than ever are stepping up and increasing awareness of mental health in the workplace, but it is time for a change; a new approach to staff wellbeing.

More organisations are becoming proactive and taking a strategic approach to staff wellbeing. It is starting to be recognised that looking after your employees’ health and wellbeing is a core enabler of employee engagement and, in turn, organisational performance. By investing in the wellbeing of your staff, you can recruit and retain the best talent, lower your absence costs, improve service quality, and provide a return on your investment. A holistic approach to wellbeing looks at more than just employees’ physical or mental health and is tailored to their needs across four key pillars of wellbeing.

Mental Health and Wellbeing

Your employees’ mental wellbeing might be challenging to assess, but it is a critical factor in your success. Mental ill-health, including stress, is the largest cause of long-term absence and one of the top five reasons for short-term absence.

Physical Health and Wellbeing

As an employer, you are legally responsible for ensuring the safety of your employees at their workplace. Emphasising this aspect of wellbeing can help your employees to feel safe and secure in the workplace.

Social Health and Wellbeing

Cater to your employees’ needs in terms of social wellbeing in the workplace by building a strong team spirit and a sense of appreciation. Encouraging your employees to engage in social clubs, committees, volunteering and to recognise each other’s successes will have an impact on their wellbeing too.

Financial Health and Wellbeing

Help your employees to make better and informed decisions by educating them on the best practices concerning personal finances and pensions. Show your staff that you notice and appreciate their hard work by establishing rewards that go beyond their salaries, such as discounts, cashback and bonus schemes.

Cantium has designed an approach to staff wellbeing that provides you with the insight to know what your current wellbeing strategy is doing well, as well as what your staff value. You can pair this insight with your current wellbeing initiatives and what is valuable to your organisation to develop a comprehensive workplace wellbeing strategy that ensures your staff are supported in the best way. Taking a holistic approach to staff wellbeing that is tailored to their needs also increases your staff retention and can increase productivity in the workplace.

Your new wellbeing strategy must be rolled out across your organisation in a way that maximises its uptake and impact. A tailored communication plan and engagement sessions can support this, alongside your senior management team’s engagement and promotion. Finally, after the programme has concluded, the outcomes should be reviewed. This will provide you with an opportunity to examine your return on investment and re-take staff questionnaires which can give you insight on what has worked and what can be improved for continuous strategy improvement reviews.

A new approach to staff wellbeing – tailored, holistic and comprehensive.

Get in touch today to discuss how Cantium can support your organisation to design a holistic and comprehensive workplace wellbeing programme that is tailored to your employees’ needs and your organisation’s values. Call us on 03000 411 115 or send an email to info@cantium.solutions.