Now is the Time to Give Our Health a Boost

PPMA member and friends,

Workforce well being is a key issue for HR at a time of change. The PPMA with Energise You will be running a webinar on Wednesday, May 1st 2013 at 12:00 PM about how to tackle the continued problem of staff absence through sickness. At the PPMA Seminar, Energise You will be offering free massages to help you stay healthy and fresh.

This month Dame Carol Black was quoted in an article on Workplace Savings and Benefits: She said work is a “fantastic place” to help support public health issues and it is “ridiculous” for government to be expected to singularly tackle these problems.
She’s right in that we cannot rely solely on state interventions to tackle health problems. But there are other reasons why it makes sound business sense for us to develop wellbeing initiatives and support the health needs of our staff. These include reducing sickness absence and improving service delivery.
With continued pressure on public sector spending we need to do everything that we possibly can to maximise the resources that we do have. This got me thinking about the approach that organisations are currently taking to employee wellbeing and what we can learn from other sectors.
There’s no doubt about it that many of us already have some very good practices already in place to support the health and wellbeing of our employees. So what is important now is that we think about how we respond to the changes that are currently happening within our sector and build on what’s already working – this way we will continue to support the health and wellbeing of our people.
Only by responding to the pressures we face today and developing the practices that we already have in place will we be able to make sure our employees remain healthy and resilient so that they can perform at their very best.    
So, how do we do this? What changes do we need to make in order to deliver results quickly?
The carrot and the stick approach has long been debated and the jury is out when it comes to offering incentives. Oliver Gray, Managing Director of employee wellbeing company, energiseYou firmly believes a more proactive approach is required. He says, “It is the organisations that are focusing on both physical and mental wellbeing, and promoting healthy ways of living that are really reaping the benefits.”
To find out how you can reduce sickness absence and what practical steps you can take now to improve the health of your workforce click here.

Emma Price
Marketing and PR Manager – energiseYou

By | 2013-04-18T08:53:23+01:00 April 18th, 2013|Categories: Guest Blogger|1 Comment

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  1. Raffaela Goodby 28th April 2013 at 6:09 pm - Reply

    Emma I believe this blog is really timely and many of us are focussing on employee health and well being as it’s become a key part of our new EVP in Public Sector. At Birmingham we have been running a colleague community for about a year now, which includes a real focus on employee physical and mental well being. W

    alking clubs, knitting clubs, health and well being days, thai chi, celebrations of cultural events etc. What I have found is that there are so many employees who are qualified or have skills that are outside of their day job, and they are willing to share that with colleagues for little or no cost. We’ve seen real increases in engagement where we have focussed on well being, and also our weight watchers have lost over 20 stone!

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