Let’s Talk: Wellbeing

Let’s Talk: Wellbeing 2019-06-05T11:06:10+01:00

The public sector continues to have the highest sickness rates despite a keen focus on wellbeing in the workplace

Mental health accounts for 91 million lost working days each year, more than any other illness

Work and Pensions reports that the proportion of women aged 50 to 64 with jobs has risen by 50% over the past 30 years

In 2017, data from the Office for National Statistics reported that sickness absence rates had halved since 1993

Let’s Talk – Wellbeing

Wellbeing is a broad area of HR & OD practice – it covers ‘traditional’ HR absence management and increasingly includes mental health, financial wellbeing and mindfulness.  As a field it’s been gaining attention because we increasingly understand that unhealthy workforces are less likely to be productive workforces.  We are also understanding through work such as the Stevenson Farmer Report, that the scale of the challenges we face are much greater than anticipated.  We must harness our collective efforts to ensure that our employees are able to ‘thrive at work’.

As the PPMA Strategic Theme Lead for Wellbeing, I am passionate about raising awareness of the key developments in the Wellbeing space.  I will be ensuring we share the latest research and best practice on wellbeing; that we signpost you to others in our membership community, or our partners and sponsors to ensure that we create a fully engaged professional HR & OD community that is focused on improving the wellbeing of our workforces, partners and other key stakeholders.

Introduction

The Dictionary definition of wellbeing is ‘the condition of being contented, healthy, or successful; welfare.’

PPMA supports this and broadens the definition to ‘the long-term experience of feeling positive, happy and well, physically, emotionally, psychologically and financially, in our professional and personal lives.’

Why is this theme important?

The importance of individual wellbeing both inside and outside of the workplace has been receiving growing attention over recent years. Although an individual’s wellbeing is dependent upon much in their personal life, ACAS recognise that employers have a significant influence on an individual’s sense of wellbeing and it is important that employers do more to ensure that this influence is positive.

Why this year?

In 2017, data from the Office for National Statistics reported that sickness absence rates had halved since 1993. However, the public sector continues to have the highest sickness rates despite a keen focus on wellbeing in the workplace.

Of growing concern, and perhaps indicated by the reduced sickness absence figures reported, is the trend of presenteeism – where people go to work even though they are ill.

If we do nothing then public services are at real risk of having workforces which are ill-equipped to manage their own wellbeing, personal resilience and with sickness absence levels that are not sustainable in ensuring good business performance.

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Let’s Talk: Wellbeing Theme Lead

Mykela Pratt

Email: [email protected]

#Hashtag: #PPMAWellbeing


Want to know more?

Links below to a range of helpful information, guidance and providers to help employers support employees to be well in the workplace:

ACAS (Advisory, Conciliation & Arbitration Service)

Medigold Health

  • Mental Health Awareness Newsletter – April 2019

Time to Change

  • Sign the Time to Change pledge

Ted Talk

Harvard Business Review

Workplace Wellness

David Rock – Influencing Others:

The Stevenson? Farmer Review of mental health and employers – Thriving at Work:


If you have best practice to share, please contact me [email protected]. We are really keen to highlight the great practice we know is out there.

We will also be spotlighting entrants and winners of our Annual PPMA Excellence in People Management awards here too.  So come back at the end of May for more updates.


How to Get Involved …


Get in touch with Mykela Pratt via [email protected] or tweet her @MykelaPratt and share your thoughts or examples of best practice.