Wellbeing and employee engagement is important for all organisations, regardless of size, sector or location. It matters to those who lead them, those who work in them and those invest in the organisation’s success.
Its importance and its relevance will continue to grow as we move further into the 21st century where the workplace will often consist of five generations and the lines between work and home life blur even more than they do today.
If someone is happy, healthy, and engaged at work, or indeed if they are the opposite, this impacts upon their home life as well as their work life. Family, friends, and the wider community in which they live and work are all impacted by, and have an influence on, a person’s wellbeing and their engagement.
The primary audiences for our ‘Future of wellbeing and engagement’ tool are those who we feel can and should make the greatest difference to employees’ wellbeing and engagement – business leaders, specialists and advisors, whether in-house or consulting, and managers.
We recognise though that individuals through their own behaviour, along with that of colleagues, also play a key part in improving and sustaining wellbeing. An organisation cannot deliver the wellbeing agenda alone, but it can install a supportive culture and adopt behaviours that will help create the ‘virtuous circle’ that will drive improvements in employee wellbeing.
If you are a Chief Executive, Chair, non-executive director, or senior leader in an organisation, you need to be prepared for how trends in the workplace will affect your people and your organisation, not just right now, but in the years and decades to come. We believe that many of the trends predicted to affect the UK workplace have the potential to make a big difference to employee wellbeing and engagement – in both a positive and negative way. With this tool we aim to help you prepare to support and improve wellbeing and engagement in your organisation in the future, considering what society, people and the workplace is likely to be like.
You might be a HR professional, wellbeing or engagement specialist or advisor, or perhaps you work in occupational health, internal communications, or business change. You may be a passionate role model or champion for engagement and wellbeing in your organisation, whatever role you currently play we hope that this tool will help you influence your senior leaders or clients to put wellbeing and engagement high up on their agenda. Our aim is that with this tool/app you can guide others to consider what is likely to impact wellbeing and engagement in the future, to understand what they need to do, and to learn from how other organisations are approaching the same challenges and opportunities. We see this tool as being a key part of your practitioner toolkit.
If you are a manager, whether managing just one or two people or managing large departments, you are critical to driving the change that is needed in organisations. Wellbeing and engagement aren’t driven just from the top. In your role as a manager, you have responsibility for supporting your employees’ wellbeing and inspiring their commitment to the organisation. You have the ability to influence up, down and across the organisation to ensure that wellbeing and engagement are taken seriously, and that efforts to improve them are implemented successfully. This tool will help you spot the potential challenges and opportunities for wellbeing and engagement, both for your organisation and your team. It will provide you with ideas from other organisations which you can learn from and potentially implement yourself.