The FD Wellbeing Programme has been developed through research into similar schemes across other large organisations including the NHS and existing programmes within SHU. It has been found that these programmes help to promote health and wellness amongst members of staff and findings have shown that this combats a workforce suffering from low wellbeing. It is well recognised that low staff morale and wellbeing can, amongst many other problems, create high levels of absenteeism and poor job performance.
As well as looking into existing initiatives, FD Staff consultations including feedback sessions at staff awareness meetings and feedback forms were put into action to ensure the involvement and input of staff into the creation of the programme. Suggestions for what staff would like to see in the workplace were of a wide variety.
The Wellbeing Programme will deliver activities that contribute towards improving both physical and mental wellbeing of FD staff based on these five core principles:
Connect... with the people around you. Relationships are crucial for mental wellbeing.
Be Active... being active is great for your physical and mental health.
Take Notice... be curious. Mindfulness can improve your wellbeing.
Keep Learning... learning new skills can help improve and maintain our mental wellbeing
Give... small acts of kindness can give you a sense of purpose and have a positive effect on your wellbeing.