It is in the interests of all employers to promote wellbeing at work, minimise identifiable causes of work-related ill health, and support employees who are experiencing ill health to return to work. Employment policies and practices should therefore be adopted which have employee engagement and wellbeing at their heart.
This guide aims to support school and college leaders to approach employee wellbeing in a proactive way, by considering what a wellbeing programme for staff might look like and considering typical workplace wellbeing initiatives.
There is no ‘one-size fits all’ model, but a practical approach to implementing a wellbeing programme would normally be structured around organisational and individual needs and would typically include:
Occupational health organisations focus on the physical and mental wellbeing of staff in the workplace by assessing the impact of work on individuals and providing advice and guidance on whether individuals are fit and healthy to do the work they are employed to do.
They can provide a range of services including:
In terms of supporting education establishments, occupational health services are typically used in the pre-employment health assessment process as well as providing advice and guidance in managing absence situations, both short and long term.
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EAPs provide a valuable and effective confidential support mechanism for employees and their families to help manage personal and professional issues. Typically EAP counsellors support employees on a wide range of issues including substance misuse, debt counselling, family care issues, bereavement and so on. EAP counsellors can also refer employees to other resources and offer a limited number of face-to-face or telephone counselling sessions.
An EAP's services are usually free to the employee and their household members, having been pre-paid by the employer via a contract with a third party EAP provider.
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The table below (based on work undertaken by the CIPD) is designed to help schools and colleges consider what workplace initiatives might be needed to create a culture which is focussed on wellbeing.
|Domain||Elements||Examples of areas of focus for wellbeing initiatives|
|Physical||Health (physical and mental)
|Mental Health First Aid training, Health education and checks;
Work-life balance, conflict resolution;
Safe equipment and practices;
Ergonomic working areas
Diversity; spiritual expression
Equal opportunities; cultural engagement;
Job satisfaction; negotiating change; employee commitment
|Team consultation and decisions; Targets;
Anger management, supervision;
|Work / organisation||Change management;
|Consultation processes; Employee involvement;
Working time, flexible working, staffing change policies