3 key approaches to improving take-up of staff wellbeing initiatives

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Muddy Plimsolls Ltd helps hard-working Londoners from CEOs to new recruits and from a wide array of industries.

Staff wellbeing for 2016

When the company started, almost 10 years ago, we focussed on mobile personal training services. And, as the personal training agency for many busy professionals in London, we delivered a high rate of return on our clients’ investment, through a back-to-basics, common-sense philosophy.

This philosophy is now applied to a new range of services we’re offering organisations. We aim to achieve increased wellbeing amongst staff at all levels. We won’t necessarily suggest your staff go and exercise in the local park.  But Muddy Plimsolls Ltd will help purpose a strategy and implement staff wellbeing campaigns that are cost-effective, targeted to your employees and impactful.

To help achieve this, our corporate services draw from three important reports on the subject of employee wellbeing:

  • Growing the Health and Wellbeing Agenda, Policy report; Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) 2016
  • Health and Well Being Framework;  Investors in People (Iip) 2014
  • Building the Case for Wellness, PriceWaterhouseCoopers (PwC) 2008, commissioned by the Health and Work Wellbeing Executive

Using these resources to guide us, here are 3 suggestions to help HR review and develop their own wellbeing initiatives for staff.

Develop measurable KPI’s in staff wellbeing

These must align with organisational strategies and goals. Put in place a reporting strategy to track improvements and areas to work on. This will help illustrate the return on investment for any wellbeing initiatives. The PwC 2008 report for the Health and Work Wellbeing Executive says that evaluation methods should capture critical aspects of participation as well as measuring both short- and long-term strategic aims of the wellness programme.

Audit, review and (if necessary) revamp current wellbeing initiatives

Corporate gyms (provided by 13% of companies in the CIPD report) can be a valuable but under-utilised asset. As can gym membership schemes with a low uptake.

Discovering local facilities for your staff is a very valuable and cost-effective resource. Especially for new members of staff or recently relocated staff. Trim trials in local parks, scenic running routes, convenient gyms, exercise classes or workshops. Finding the best running, cycling or walking routes to and from your offices.

Empower staff with targeted advice, educational tools and meaningful motivation

Well-written, focussed content for your company intranet can inspire and encourage. Especially when the content is created for specific staff, their jobs and their actual locations. So can personal lunchtime presentations, online competitions, answering staff questions directly or publishing infographics.

How to fit in exercise when you  have children to pick up. How to eat healthy and exercise on business trips. This is real world advice our clients ask for regularly. And it’s relevant to a wide range of industries, job roles and seniority.

Is your workplace wellbeing strategy affected when gyms are fit to burst?

HR professional charged with improving employee wellbeing in a measurable way? Complete our enquiry form and we’ll give you a call to discuss how we can help.

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