“Modern life is taking its toll on employees and leaving them overwhelmed, stressed out and depleted. That has a major impact on how engaged and productive people are both on and off the job.”
James Murphy, Director at the Employee Engagement Alliance opened the thought-provoking session, held at Instinctif’s Gresham Street offices, that was attended by a mixture of internal communications, engagement and HR professionals who discussed the impact of wellbeing on employee engagement.
James Dalton, Group Head of Engagement and Health at FirstGroup got us thinking about how an engaged employee feels and he talked about the Engage for Success four enablers of engagement and how David Rock’s SCARF model (for collaborating with and influencing others) fit with these enablers and how change should be implemented incrementally.
Zoe Eccelson from The Wellbeing Business discussed how culture is king and that it is the most important factor in the success of a wellbeing programme. Zoe also stressed that your business case is crucial when discussing wellbeing at Board level and that you don’t necessarily need a big budget…
Kirit Kishan, founder of One of a Mind, talked through her own burn-out and dispelled the myth that Mindfulness is about relaxation, which she said it’s not, it’s for alertness and focus. She discussed the many benefits of being mindful, including your good health and the many positive impacts of this!
Anna Springbett from Sport Inspired discussed the Five Ways to Well Being and how people are healthier for longer when they stay curious…Anna talked about the Business Benefit of employees being happy through lower staff absence, talent retention and productivity and how you can calculate it through the Happiness at Work calculator – https://app.happinessatworksurvey.com/business-case.
Picture by: Thorben Rath / DPA/PA Images. Crowds of people have gathered for World Yoga Day in Times Square to practice yoga en masse in New York, US, 21 June 2015.
Written by Lottie Gunn, Senior Consultant.
Lottie specialises in internal communications and has previously worked at FTSE 100 companies and on the consultancy side in communication positions for over a decade.