The first webinar from The HR World in 2023 tackled the important and timely issue of creating a health and wellbeing culture in the workplace.
Featuring the input of Lisa Haggar, straight talking HR Director and LinkedIn’s favourite HR rebel, and Lee Chambers, business psychologist and founder of Essentialise Workplace Wellbeing, the webinar covered wellbeing strategy, individual interventions and the use of external resources for building an effective culture to meet the challenges of the coming year.
Sponsored by mental health wellbeing support provider OpenUp the webinar comes at a time of change and stress for many. The cost-of-living crisis and what Lisa Haggar described as the ‘hangover’ from the pandemic, means that 2023 is likely to bring further challenges for companies and individuals in this area.
Over the course of the conversation it emerged that businesses need to ensure the subject of health and wellbeing is understood and acted upon by those leading the organisation and indeed by every employee. While a wellbeing programme is clearly attractive from a recruitment and retention point of view, the workplace is also a great place for support to be made available for those who are experiencing challenges. This can be in the form of a clear strategy, the provision of external resources or even just through employees being willing to listen and help each other.
A culture of health and wellbeing is clearly not just a ‘nice to have’, it is something that can have a real genuine benefit on the bottom line for a business. Lisa Haggar noted how the cost of wellness could be expressed through the impact of absence or talent leaving the business. Initiative that reduced this would directly reduce costs to the company.
Meanwhile Lee noted how the wellbeing sector had now developed into a complex and full marketplace and that employers should be careful in their selection of suppliers, checking that the provision offered would be valued and used by employees, and also talking to current users about their experience.
Supporting health and wellbeing cannot be a ‘tick-box’ exercise and is something that needs to be fully supported by leaders and line managers. If necessary learning and development resources should be dedicated to this area to ensure everyone concerned understands how this support can be delivered and precisely what the benefits are.
Lisa Haggar: Linkedin’s favourite HR rebel
Lisa is a strategic and innovative HR executive who translates business vision into HR initiatives that improve performance, profitability, growth and employee engagement.
She is a highly motivated and energetic leader who creates an exceptional culture, which drives high performance.
Lisa is a genuine influencer who thrives on tough challenges and translates strategies into actionable value-added goals to deliver outstanding results.
Lee Chambers: Founder, Inclusive Wellbeing & Great British Entrepreneur of the Year 2021
Lee Chambers is a business psychologist and founder of Essentialise Workplace Wellbeing.
After a varied career in corporate finance, local government and elite sports, he created Essentialise with a desire to support organisations in implementing effective, inclusive and engaging wellbeing.
He has received recognition for his innovative work, winning a Great British Entrepreneur Award and being named as a Future Shaper my Marie Claire magazine.
Essentialise, founded in 2020, was featured on this years Startups 100 Index, and his book, The Millennials Guide to Wellness, is due to be published in 2023.
He can be found on stage and in the media addressing a range of topics, from gender equity to health inequalities.
Simon Kent: Head of Content - The HR World
Simon Kent has been a freelance journalist in the field of HR and the workplace for over 20 years.
He cut his teeth travelling the country asking people what they did for a living for The Guardian and developing an interest in how work and employees are managed.
He has written extensively for the national press, business and professional publications dedicated to general and specific HR functions, taking in HR tech, pay and benefits, legal, training, recruitment and more.
He has edited HR and public sector magazines, digging out the best stories and liaising with senior level personnel and high-profile public sector leaders to bring great content to readers.
He has written books, blogs, white papers, features, profile, case studies and more. He has chaired round tables and brought high quality coverage online to a diverse platforms as electronic media has evolved.
He continues to be motivated to find the stories and subjects that matter most to readers and ensure they deliver value every time.
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