Health and wellbeing in the workplace are now more important than ever with research showing the clear benefits for businesses as well as employees.
To successfully implement a workplace wellbeing program strong management support is crucial. Managers have the power to make healthy changes by leading with passion and enthusiasm, creating new opportunities for employees to get involved and keeping them motivated.
Following are some tips to help you gain buy-in from senior leaders on your health and wellbeing plans:
Highlight the benefits of a workplace health and wellbeing program
Strong evidence shows that good employee health also boosts that of the organisation. Employers who run health and wellbeing programs:
- improve work performance and productivity
- reduce costs associated with absenteeism and presenteeism
- improve the culture of the organisation and retain existing employees
- improve the organisation’s image and attract talented employees. 1
Align wellbeing to your workplace vision, values and policies
Highlight how a healthy workplace supports overarching business goals and objectives. Our free mission statement or charter and policy templates will help demonstrate this alignment.
Identify what you’re already doing and present the facts and stats
Highlight your current health and wellbeing initiatives, no matter how small or big, and provide options on how you can improve them. You can get valuable information from employee engagement surveys, health and wellbeing surveys, and by reviewing current policies and current workplace demographics.
Our free snapshot survey and employee health survey template can help you gain insights into the status quo of your workplace’s wellbeing.
It’s important to tell management what you need from them to achieve your workplace wellbeing goals. By presenting a strong and clear business case demonstrating any support, resources and money you might need to implement wellbeing initiatives, it will enable managers to make informed decisions.
Use our free business case template to help communicate the importance of wellbeing in your workplace.
Paint a clear picture
Develop a clear health and wellbeing roadmap by consulting with your employees and creating a health and wellbeing team. Use our free action plan template, status reports, strategy toolkits and snapshot surveys to provide a clear direction for everyone – especially the managers.
Compare the market
Use case studies to share stories and achievements of what has been done before in your organisation or like-minded organisations to inspire all employees to get involved.
Workplace wellbeing is good for everyone and having a dedicated management team will ultimately lead your organisation to positive workplace wellbeing outcomes.
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To help you inspire the leadership team and get their support for creating a healthier workplace, download our Business Case template.
Business Case template