Wellness in the Workplace
Commentators increasing link wellbeing at work with innovation, productivity, creativity, quality and reliability and ultimately to levels of growth at a national level, as well as our ability to compete on the global stage. A growing body of evidence also suggests that the key to making a positive connection between wellbeing, creativity and productivity is to recognise the value of ‘good work’ in people’s lives.
At the same time, the prevalence of work related mental health problems appears to have increased. The 2008/9 Labour Force Survey showed that 415,000 people in the UK reported suffering from stress, anxiety or depression that they believed was caused or made worse by their current or past work, second in prevalence to musculoskeletal disorders (HSE 2009). In 2011, CIPD and CBI surveys on absence reported that stress and mental health issues had become the number one reason for long term absence.
It has been estimated that poor health costs UK organisation £40 billion each year. This does not include hidden costs associated with lost sales, reductions in customer service, inability to take on new contracts, and the inability to fulfil existing contracts.
Looking after the wellbeing of employees makes commercial sense.
How we can help you
Our consultancy work has always been aimed at making the workplace a healthy environment where people enjoy what they do in a productive way. Whether it is through improving interpersonal dialogue, communication skills training, et al, one of the key by products is a reduction in unhealthy stress.
Our focus on conscious communication is underpinned by the principles of active mindfulness and heavily influenced by the Feldenkrais Method.
Working with a wide range of specialists in the field of well-being we can also undertake well-being audits, establish wellness initiatives that cover a wide range of health problems (e.g. muscular skeletal disorders).