October 19, 2021
How to Build your Health and Wellbeing Strategy

Four simple steps to think about as we prepare for 2022

While it might have felt like one of the longest years in recent history, we are in the closing stages of 2021. It has been a challenging year for organisations, and even the best laid plans have been hard to follow through on. As we prepare for 2022, here are four tips to help you build a health and wellbeing strategy –

1.     Align with the vision of the organisation

What is the organisation trying to achieve over the next twelve months, and how can you create a health and wellbeing offering to support that? When building out a health and wellbeing strategy, an approach that underpins the overall strategic intent of the organisation is more likely to receive leadership buy-in, and less likely to be left getting dusty on a shelf.

Want to know more on getting leadership buy-in? Set up a chat with our team today.

2.     Define what health means to your people

Have you checked in with your people to see how they now perceive what is impacting on their experience of health at work? People’s perception of what a healthy place to work is has shifted in the wake of Covid-19. For instance, in some of the best places to work, the focus was on making the office a healthy work environment mixed with promoting what activities could be done outside the office setting. Now, however, with the switch to digital working some workplaces are taking a ‘home-first’ approach. There is no one-size-fits-all approach, but the better equipped your definition of health, the easier it is to steer towards a healthy and high performing work environment.

Still unsure about where to start in defining health in your organisation? We’d be delighted to help, so contact us today.

3.     Begin to put supports in place

Do your people have everything they need to perform at their best? Now more than ever we need to move beyond random acts of wellness, and really understand what supports and resources people need. Some things to think about could be activities that are aligned to the organisations values or guiding principles, supports that allow people to manage competing demands, giving people the time to build connections with their peers and managers, and understanding what drives your peoples’ energy at work.

Are you investing in supports, but unsure how to measure the ROI of that investment? Chat to us about how we can start measuring that today.

4.     Don’t forgot the feedback!

How do we know our health and wellbeing strategy is working? Anyone building a health and wellbeing strategy will know the danger of getting so busy building and implementing, that we forget to zoom out and check in with the people the approach is supporting. Give yourself the time to garner feedback. Oftentimes, this feedback informs what to continue, what to tweak, what to introduce and, sometimes most crucially, what isn’t working anymore.

Not certain about how to get your peoples’ feedback? We can help you figure out the best way to do that for your organisation. Get in touch today and we can chat through the options.

Want some things to start off straight away? Check out this blog on four ways to support your people now.

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