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Workplace Wellbeing Hub

With employers saying that their health and wellbeing activity has led to better employee morale and engagement (44%) and lower sickness absence (31%), it may be time for the 60% of companies without a standalone wellbeing strategy to develop one1.

Our Wellbeing Hub could help you get started...

1 CIPD Health and Wellbeing at work report, 2018

Creating or reviewing your wellbeing strategy

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Seven modules to help you along the way

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Supporting your employees through illness

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Helping you spot and manage conditions such as stress

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Employee benefits can help show your staff that you care

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What's the best way to get the wellbeing word out to your staff?

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Getting you ready for the workforce of the future with upcoming trends

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Helping you look after your staff's mental health

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Good people are hard to come by. So, for any business, your first and most important investment will be those who work for you.

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Getting started

Wellbeing is a broad topic, so it’s easy to see why some companies are overwhelmed at the thought of introducing or reviewing a workplace wellbeing strategy.

As a starting point, employers should look at the make-up of their workforce and match their wellbeing plan according to the needs of their employees. With wellbeing encompassing anything and everything from the right culture, good leadership, staff having a good relationship with their line manager and feeling empowered, to a comprehensive benefits package, it takes a lot of thought to get it right.

Here are some tools that may help:

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Created in collaboration with the CIPD, the UK's most established brands and innovative start-ups - how can you make the wellbeing case at board level?
Produced in association with Finance Director, this whitepaper looks at what FDs think about workplace wellbeing.

Wellbeing toolkit

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This toolkit is based on research and insights from respected business leaders. It contains modules designed to help boost employee wellbeing, including:

  • 5 ways to improve workplace wellbeing
  • Top tips to attract and retain the best people
  • Communicating your wellbeing strategy
  • 5 ways to improve motivation and trust
  • Developing an effective wellbeing strategy
  • 10 ways to win over your finance director and managing mental health in the workplace (developed in collaboration with the Mental Health Foundation)

 

As well as being useful day-to-day, these modules can also be used to update your CPD hours.

Managing sickness absence

Part of any wellbeing strategy is making your staff feel cared for and that goes hand-in-hand with spotting the signs of employees who aren’t well, supporting them through illness and, where relevant, helping them to return to work.

If you don’t do it very often, dealing with ill or absent employees isn’t easy - what to say, when to say it, if and when to intervene, how much to communicate, interpreting Fit Notes, staying on the right side of the law - there’s so much to think about.

Unum's rehab experts deal with ill and absent employees (and their employers) all the time, so we’re well versed in how to spot the signs of various medical conditions and how best to act in certain situations. The resources that we have created in this section should help you to be a bit more confident dealing with ill or absent staff.

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How to monitor and manage your employees’ sickness absence, plus the top 6 reasons your employees may call in sick.

This online workshop includes information on preventing absence and supporting those employees who go off sick.

Whether short or long-term, staff absence hits companies hard. But why should you be bothered about it and how can you manage it?

Online workshops

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Our online workshops are designed to help HR and line managers spot the signs of an employee who is struggling with a physical or mental illness or bereavement, and understand how best to support them.

Line managers are on the front line when it comes to a company's employees. They're the ones who know their team, their team's workload and usually their individual situations. It's important for a business to empower their line managers so they're confident in spotting the signs of a struggling employee. While not every manager is going to be comfortable discussing certain issues, knowing what resources are available and how best to support their employee could make the world of difference and may even prevent a situation from getting worse.

This workshop includes useful information on preventing absence, supporting those employees who go off sick and helping them back to work.

This workshop includes sections around spotting the signs of stress as well as the importance of supporting and managing employees who are struggling.

This workshop walks you through modules looking at the physical and psychological side effects of cancer. It also includes downloadable tools and resources.

We've teamed up with St. Catherine's Hospice to offer an interactive and informative workshop to help line managers support bereaved employees.

Our newest workshop looks at what employers should be aware of when it comes to physical demands on their employees.

Employee benefits

Providing staff with employee benefits as part of a wider wellbeing strategy doesn’t have to mean forking out for expensive Private Medical Insurance (although we’re sure most employees would appreciate that!).

In this section, we look at the softer perks as well as traditional health and wellbeing employee benefits that can help show your staff that you care.

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This ebook looks at how to combine unusual low cost perks (think ‘happiness days’ and monthly hero awards) with useful traditional benefits for maximum effect.

Employee Benefits don't have to be complicated. This guide takes a plain English look at some of the most popular employee benefits on offer.

Communication

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It sounds obvious, but having a wellbeing strategy in place and not telling staff about it is as effective - and valuable to staff - as not having one!

In this section we look at:

  • the impact of not communicating your employee benefits effectively
  • the benefits of a good communication strategy on factors such as employee morale and staff retention
  • how to create a communication strategy that works for your business

This report explores how companies can best communicate to their staff about the employee benefits that are available to them.

This report looks at the impact benefits communication has on staff morale, loyalty and retention, in addition to workplace absence.

The future

It’s no secret that the workplace is changing. Where only a handful of companies used to offer flexible working, a large number are now realising this, along with flexible hours, is one of many ways to attract and, perhaps more importantly, retain key staff trying to juggle eldercare and childcare.

But what will the future of workplace wellbeing look like over the next 5 years with the well-publicised ageing workforce? We commissioned reports on the future workplace and the future of employee benefits to find out.

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This report looks at how the workplace is evolving.

A visual representation of key trends in the Future Workplace report.

This report looks at the trends affecting employee benefits.

internal communication ebook