We brought HR and wellbeing leads together from across different sectors to share their wellbeing related challenges, and exchange ideas on how to combat the ever-increasing levels of stress and anxiety as we start to return to the office.
Here are some of the big questions we asked:
The HR and Wellbeing leads around the (Zoom) table spanned a variety of sectors, from financial services, communications and supporting pharma companies to satisfy drug regulations. Whilst their businesses are very different, when it comes to employee wellbeing, there's a lot in common.
The greatest challenges related to keeping colleagues connected and motivated whilst working remotely. Despite offering plenty of wellbeing-related support, actively gaining enrollment and engagement remains the greatest ongoing challenge - Do you have an employee wellbeing engagement plan?
The term ‘COVID keeps’ relates to all the positive changes during the pandemic which we want to keep longer term. Many colleagues have enjoyed not having to commute, as individuals and businesses have reaped the benefit of reducing significant costs and time spent travelling - What are your wellbeing COVID keeps?
Working from home remains the only consistent and constant thing. Greater concern over job security, lack of separation between home and work life and not being able to get away on holiday, all increased stress and has reduced colleagues' resilience - How are you becoming a more caring and compassionate employer and what are you doing to prevent burnout?
Chief Executives are taking on new wellbeing-related issues, which in smaller businesses have taken them away from running the business. Leading wellbeing is not something that CEOs were trained to do or required to do in the past. Every leader is having to adjust, be more empathetic and learn new skills to evolve the culture and lead teams remotely - How are you helping leaders to change and develop new skills?
Working remotely has removed many of the barriers. A huge positive for those with disabilities, parental or caring responsibilities who were deterred by commuting. There is a massive opportunity to bring new groups of people into the workforce, and encourage greater diversity and inclusion - Have you considered the opportunities that greater accessibility could bring?
Whilst we turn to the expertise of colleagues in HR or Wellbeing for the answers, the only truism is that none of us have been here before, or have the experience of navigating these unique challenges.
So here are 3 practical tips for developing your employee wellbeing and spark change:
Feel free to contact us ([email protected]) about your employee wellbeing challenges, and together we can WorkLIfeWell.