National Workplace Wellbeing Day 2021
As part of National Workplace Wellbeing day which takes place on Friday 30 April, we are encouraging businesses to focus on social, physical, mental and financial wellbeing of their employee/s to send a message to their staff that their wellbeing is paramount. We encourage you to sign up with National Workplace Wellbeing Day 2021 and visit our resources to get ready for the day.
Ahead of this day, there will be a webinar on mental health with Doctor John Crowley, Occupational Physician, and founder of YourDoctor.ie. Dr Crowley will explore some of the mental health challenges facing employers. He will provide guidance on simple, effective measures to help alleviate these problems while supporting your staff’s overall wellbeing. Business owners and HR managers will leave the session inspired with a solution-based approach. This will include recognising and addressing employee mental health needs and providing services such as employee assistance programmes to employees. There will be no need to register for this webinar, you will receive a link to watch the recording on the 26 of April. You can circulate these recordings to colleagues and staff in your small business to support your wellness initiatives.
Workplace wellness initiatives have proven to reduce absenteeism, enhance employee engagement and increase productivity. Get ready for the day by learning how to train managers on how to support employees and their wellbeing. Listed below and on the National Workplace Wellbeing Day page on the SFA website you will find different wellness options that small business owner-managers can use to engage with their workforce this National Workplace Wellbeing Day.
- Lunchtime 2K – encourage employees, their families and housemates to get out for a walk this Friday lunchtime. Ask your staff to share a photo of their safe social distancing walk at lunch, and share a collage with us on twitter, LinkedIn or Instagram (@sfa_irl) by using the hash tags #WorkWell21 #SFA
- Why not do some guided virtual exercise together!
- Share articles on breathing exercises with your employees to educate them on simple techniques that can help one sustain greater wellbeing and reduce stress levels.
- Hold a bake off, share a healthy recipe with your staff and encourage bakers young and old to get involved or ask the company’s best baker to hold a virtual baking lesson.
- Learn more about nutrition and healthy eating at home and in the office by visiting Healthy Ireland.
- Offer nutrition ‘lunch and learn’ sessions by bringing in qualified nutrition experts to talk about key hot topics such as gut health, diabetes, high blood pressure, weight loss, nutrition for stress or nutrition for mental health.
- Share articles on nutrient such as this one from the SFA’s Better Business Magazine.
Creating workplace environments where people can be open and positive about their own and others’ mental health has never been more important.
- Share the link to the HSE resource Minding your mental health during Covid-19 with all your staff.
- Read our SFA guideline on Mental Health in the workplace and advice on Mental Health and Stigma in the workplace and There is no health without mental health. Click here for additional workplace wellbeing initiatives to get involved in.
- Visit YourMentalHealth.ie to learn about mental health, and how to support yourself and the people you love. You can find support services near you and learn about the little things that can make a big difference to how we all feel. This resource also provides simple tools and guidance to develop and maintain a positive outlook by looking after our mental health and wellbeing.
- Email or communicate an inspirational quote everyday – this will set everyone up with a positive outlook on their working day.
- Financial wellbeing is your ability to confidently manage your money and engage in future planning, regardless of how much money you have. To learn more about financial wellbeing visit SFA partner Bank of Ireland for more information.
These activity ideas will get you started, but you can also keep an eye on our social media for further tips. Whatever activity you choose to do, remember to post your activity on Twitter, Instagram or LinkedIn and share it by tagging the SFA and using the hashtag #WorkWell21. We look forward to hearing all about your activities and efforts on and in the run up to Workplace Wellbeing Day on 30 April. #WorkWell21