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Introducing wellbeing to the workplace

In working to get the very best out of a business, many managers are choosing to adopt practices to enhance staff wellbeing. Wellbeing is a term that includes the way staff feel about their lives, their work and their workplaces. A focus on wellbeing can be a way to make improvements in individual staff performance as well as that of the overall business or organisation. Research has shown that generally, if an employer is able to raise wellbeing in their workforce, they are also likely to see improvements in the performance of their workplace.

It is essential to the success of any wellbeing programme that a business is built upon foundations of good processes that meet the legal requirements and are well understood by management and staff. Getting the basics on rights and responsibilities at work correct is a vital part of running a successful business. For an employer, developing legally-sound policies and procedures, which all staff understand, is fundamental in building trust between employees and managers.

How to build an effective framework of policies and procedures

Areas of employment a legally-compliant framework should cover include:

  • employing and settling in new staff
  • understanding employment law and putting it into practice
  • creating effective HR systems, policies and procedures, including for managing performance, discipline and where necessary, dismissal.

To help employers develop a framework Acas has drawn together key resources in a series of pages.

Wellbeing and workplace performance

Recent research has identified 11 factors that increase wellbeing which are also linked to an increase in business performance. Employers are unlikely to be able to take action on all of these factors, but research shows that where they work on improving wellbeing in relation to a number of these, they can begin to see improvements in both productivity and profitability.

Read Acas' introductory guidance about Wellbeing and workplace performance and the 11 key factors that support it.

Other useful resources

Employers can also utilise the Acas Model Workplace tool and Help for small firms step-by-step guides to reinforce their knowledge and understanding of the key employment areas. A set of Useful templates for letters, forms and checklists is also available to assist employers with recruitment, management and discipline.