Health and Wellbeing In The Workplace

In 1948 the World Health Organisation (WHO) defined health as “… a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being, not merely the absence of disease or infirmity”.

In the decades since that definition, workplaces throughout the world have taken various steps to ‘look after’ their employees.  These steps have been mostly driven by existing cultures, there has not been a legislative drive to enforce wellbeing in the workplace.

The topic of ‘Wellbeing’ covers a large range of issues that affect the physical, psychological, emotional, social, spiritual and sexual health of employees in addition to their environmental and the societal health. Here in the U.K., Wellbeing incorporates Health & Safety and Employment (HR) Law as well as having stand alone areas. 

 

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ACS founding Director, Emma Willey has long had a passion for wellbeing and mental health issues.  She holds the NEBOSH Certificate in Health & Wellbeing in the Workplace, is a qualified mental health 1st aider and also runs her own practice based on ‘The Eden Method’ - a therapy based heavily on traditional Chinese medicine.  She has been assisting ACS and private clients with Mental Health issues since 2015, working with employers, staff and individuals  to enhance their understanding of wellbeing issues, enabling individuals to take control over their own lives, ambitions, career and life paths. 

In recognition of the increasing number of client requests over recent years, ACS has developed a suite of training courses (during these Covid times we are only offering online courses) as well as a range of consultancy support services including management reviews and policy development.  ACS can also assist organisations in developing and then implementing comprehensive Wellbeing Management Systems.  Courses, policies and procedures are adapted for different organisations to take into consideration different existing practices, different cultures and differing goals of the individuals involved within that organisation. 

 

Training courses currently offered include:

Wellbeing awareness (what is it, why is it important, what are the benefits to staff, what are the benefits to the organisation, what are the wider benefits to society, what do you HAVE to do).

Mental Health Awareness (what is it, why is it important, why do all staff need to be aware of this topic, why do employers need to have awareness about the topic, what methods can you use to improve mental health in the workplace).

Starting The Conversation (how to start a conversation with a member of staff who may be struggling with mental health problems, what to say if a mental health issue crops up in conversation with colleagues or staff, when to get help from others regarding staff mental health issues).

Stress Awareness (what it is, why we need stress responses, how stress in the workplace has changed over the last few decades, why do all staff need to be aware of the effects of stress, individual methods to use to avoid the stress loop).

 

Wellbeing Management Systems / Policies and Procedures

Review of your existing policies and procedures to ensure that they are in line with current legislation, guidance and good practice.

Following the Gap Analysis, assistance with the development of a comprehensive Wellbeing Management System.  This would include developing policies, procedures, models etc. as well as the overall management structure. 

Lastly full support would be available for the implementation phase.

 

Ad-hoc support:

General advice and support in addressing health and wellbeing within the remit of a modern and forward-thinking employer.