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Supporting Workplace Wellbeing

The gap between happiness in the workplace and the desire to fulfil it.

Oct 2, 2020

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Workplace wellbeing happiness on the job
Workplace wellbeing happiness on the job

A new report published by the employers group Ibec shows that 61% of organisations confirm there is support at senior leadership level for workplace wellbeing.

While 61% of companies have strong buy-in and support for workplace wellbeing at senior leadership level, only 31% have a defined wellbeing strategy in place and fewer again at 27% had a specific budget in place.

A total of 61% of companies surveyed also do not measure the impact of their wellness programmes, the survey found.

The survey respondents said they had an average of six workplace wellbeing programmes in place.

Ibec said that topping the list of wellbeing initiatives is the bike to work scheme (74%), which comes as no surprise as workplace environments adapt to a world where public transport has become compromised.

Mental health supports (61%), flu vaccinations (47%) and bereavement supports (45%) are the next most common programmes.

Sharon Higgins, Ibec Director of Member Services, said that seeing 61% of organisations prioritise mental health is encouraging.

Ms Higgins said that while wellbeing is now very much on businesses’ agendas, it is evident that many need to be smarter about how they implement wellness programmes and track progress.

Cycling is widely regarded as a great mental health booster. Giving your mind that extra boost of positivity is important for your overall happiness. The psychological and mental advantages of riding a bike regularly are something that helps maintain cheerfulness in our daily lives.

Breaking down the stigmas around mental health
Breaking down the stigmas around mental health

“Breaking down the stigma around mental health issues is still an ongoing challenge in the workplace and it’s important that employers create an open culture that highlights the importance of mental health and supports employees who are experiencing wellbeing issues,” Sharon Higgins said.