Ideas for corporate health and well-being events

If you want to improve the well-being of your teams, corporate health and well-being events are the ideal way to put wellness principles into practice. They help provide structure to your well-being programs and give your staff a glimpse of improved emotional resilience, a more balanced working life, and greater productivity. 

In this guide we’ll take a look at effective corporate well-being events you can put into place in your office, or virtually.

What is a corporate well-being event?

There was a time when any non-business related events at work probably meant Friday drinks or team-building exercises at the local paintball arena. But now businesses better understand there are many reasons to hold regular well-being events, that doesn't just help teams get on a bit better, but actually help your teams and leaders stay emotionally well and physically healthy.

Putting well-being principles into practice

Many companies these days are engaging staff in open conversations...

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Mental health awareness training for employers/leaders and C-suite executives: Everything you need to know

In recent years I’ve been so excited to see a growing awareness of the importance of mental health and wellness in the workplace; not just amongst employees facing the daily challenges of rapidly evolving global work environments, but amongst business leaders and C-suite executives as well.

In this post, we’ll take a look at the growth of mental wellness training, which is increasingly common amongst small businesses and large corporations alike. We’ll take a look at what these wellness programs look like and explore how they can help your leaders and employees gain more clarity, make more effective decisions, and boost the productivity of high-performing teams.

The rise of corporate mental wellness programs

In the past, some businesses have - rightly or wrongly - been seen by many as caring only about their bottom line, and not focusing enough on the well-being of employees. Well, all that’s changing – in fact, large corporations like Google,...

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How to find the right corporate wellness program for your organization

Corporate wellness programs have become increasingly common in recent years.  In a relatively short space of time we’ve gone from a general ignorance of the importance of mental health and well-being programs, to a wide range of happy, productive workplaces embracing wellness programs.

Whilst embracing wellness and well-being in the corporate context is extremely welcome, we’ve ended up in a situation where companies are spoilt for choice when selecting a wellness program.

If you are aware of the importance of well-being in your place of work, that’s already half the battle. But the question still remains: how do you find the right corporate wellness program for your organization?

This guide will help you understand the importance of getting the right wellness program for you, what makes up an effective wellness plan, and how to put it into practice.

Let’s get stuck in. 

What is a corporate wellness program?

It’s worth starting with the...

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Activities you can do for Employee Well-Being Month

Although I believe supporting the mental health and well-being of employees needs to be an all-year-round activity, Employee Well-Being Month – which takes place every June – is a great opportunity for improving workplace well-being by getting your teams active, engaged, and inspired.

What is Employee Well-Being Month?

Employee Well-Being Month was launched by Virgin Pulse in 2009 and has gone on to be embraced by a wide range of organizations.

The pandemic was of course a huge driver of decreasing employee well-being, with the American Psychological Association (APA) warning, “we are facing a national mental health crisis that could yield serious health and social consequences for years to come.”

Employee Well-Being Month 2022 comes after nearly two years of pandemic lockdown, but that has done little to curb the sense of uncertainty and turbulence in workplaces right now. 

Throw into the mix of other factors like the sense of unease generated by the...

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Emotional well-being: What is it and how can it make your employees happier and more productive?

When I work with my clients, I’m often asked about how to improve employee emotional well-being.

This is one of my favorite questions because improving employees' emotional well-being has so many benefits to both the individual employee and the organization as a whole.

But first, what is emotional well-being?

Emotional well-being is our ability to regulate our emotions as we cope with the stresses and strains of everyday life and work.

When we have a positive state of emotional well-being we are able to handle difficult situations with an optimistic, proactive, problem-solving outlook.

If our emotional well-being is suffering, we struggle to cope with unexpected events, avoid tackling urgent problems and fail to make effective decisions.

Why is emotional well-being at work important?

A 2021 report by global analysis firm Gallup found that only 34% of Americans rated their emotional well-being as “excellent” – a record low.

Gallup also tracks a metric they...

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How to recognize the signs of employee burnout (and what to do about it)

You likely know of employees, colleagues, or even friends who have experienced burnout at work. Maybe you’ve experienced it in the past too?

It’s a phenomenon that can affect everyone at any stage in their work lives, from ambitious strivers to conscientious leaders and even fresh-faced recruits.

Burnout is not a sign of weakness, nor does it necessarily reflect badly on employers. However, if you care about the well-being of your employees and want to foster a happy and productive workforce, it’s important to be able to recognize signs of burnout in your staff. And take action to nip it in the bud.

In this article, I’ll teach you how to recognize the signs of employee burnout, and give you some powerful ideas for tackling this growing problem.

What is workplace burnout?

Since the pandemic, some workplaces have experienced “The Great Resignation”. Unhappy employees worldwide are quitting their jobs in droves. And one of the biggest drivers of this...

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How to protect your mental health at work with mindfulness

If you’re struggling with stress or anxiety at work, it’s important to know that you are not alone. Stress and anxiety have increased since the global pandemic, with 55% of people stating that Covid-19 has had a negative impact on their mental health. 

If you’re here, reading this, you’ve made that all-important first step to protecting and improving your mental health in the workplace. 

In this blog post, I will discuss how you can improve your mental health at work by using mindfulness. 

Of course, there are a lot of issues at work that are often out of your control–how your colleagues or managers treat you or how your customers or clients speak to you.

This blog post will focus on the things that are in your control, and the things you can change that will positively impact your mental health. While we can’t control everything, we can control our thoughts, attitudes, and how we respond. And doing this can make a huge impact.

So...

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How to support employees with their mental health

I am so pleased you’re here because learning more about supporting your staff with their mental health is hugely beneficial for both your employees and also for your business growth.

There has been a positive shift in how organizations and leaders approach mental health with their staff. I can’t say that mental health stigma no longer exists, but there’s certainly more openness and conversation about it.   

However, we still have a long way to go. Half of Millennials and 75% of Gen Zers have left their roles for mental health reasons and during the pandemic, almost 4 in 10 adults reported symptoms of depression or anxiety

The importance of mental health in the workplace

If you make mental health and well-being a priority in your business, you should see: 

  • Happier, healthier, and more productive staff
  • Less absenteeism 
  • A decrease in staff turnover. 

In this blog post, I’m going to tell you exactly how to support your...

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