Focus on wellbeing
Consultants, Bailey & French
Our private sector organisations have noticed that even though their employee engagement surveys are generally positive, there is an increase in stress and anxiety across the organisation.
This has an impact on absenteeism, retention, collaboration and productivity. Wellbeing has increasingly become the focus for organisations as recent research in positive psychology points to the benefits that are possible when organisations empower individuals to take accountability for their wellbeing.
We are aiming to make wellbeing a core part of an organisation's culture
This is beyond having a ‘Wellbeing Week’ and first aid training. While this is all fantastic (and necessary) work, we are aiming to make wellbeing a core part of an organisation’s culture. We are working to ensure that everyone has access to the information they need to flourish and thrive (as opposed to only offering services to people in crisis or when a national week arises).
Dr. Martin Seligman is the founder of Positive Psychology and he is renowned for his. The PERMA model highlights five core pillars that when brought to life, result in positive wellbeing and increased resilience. The PERMA model serves as the foundation for much of our work with the Civil Service, which you will read more about later.
In light of recent figures and evidence in thereport (2017), wellbeing is now also high on the Civil Service agenda. Sir Jeremy Heywood has, along with the Permanent Secretaries across all 18 Whitehall departments, now agreed to set a target for 90% of senior civil servants to receive Wellbeing Confident Leadership workshops by 31 March 2019.
Steps need to be taken to support leaders in understanding their role and how they can make a positive difference
The aims, as part of the wider wellbeing strategy for the Civil Service, is to give leaders the confidence and the right skills to support people’s wellbeing and help reduce days lost due to mental ill-health and improve productivity. Steps need to be taken to support leaders in understanding their role and how they can make a positive difference, with a focus on mental wellness as opposed to mental illness.
A strategic and long-term preventative approach to wellbeing takes people beyond simply getting back to zero (alleviating the symptoms of mental ill-health) but moving towards thriving and flourishing. The focus within the Civil Service is about giving everyone the knowledge and skills to know how to support their own positive psychological wellbeing, so they have confidence to meet life’s challenges now, and into the future, building a more resilient Civil Service.
The Civil Service are leading the way as advocates for positive wellbeing. It is, however, all our responsibility, as human beings, to build a greater awareness around our own and others’ wellbeing. “We need to move to a society where all of us become more aware of our own mental health, other people’s mental health and how to cope with our own and other people’s mental health when it fluctuates. It is all our responsibility to make this change.” ().
Who are Bailey & French?
Bailey & French are positive psychology specialists, with a proactive approach to supporting wellbeing, leadership and performance. We work both in the UK and internationally, and across the public and private sector. Our work encourages people to be their best, and creates positive platforms for people to come up with their own ideas, solutions and ways forward. We are forward thinking and pioneering in our approach, which we are very proud of. Our assets here on Mental Health at Work include:
- —actionable PERMA activities
- focused around the PERMA pillars
- An article on the future of work and the importance of wellbeing for success
- Links to purchase our wellbeing tools:
We hope that our assets inspire you and your people.