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Wellness at Work

Schnel Hanson of ‘Developing the Inner You’ explains that as a new member to FSB London, she was most impressed to hear that FSB has recently announced that it will be supporting The Royal Foundation's Heads Together charity helping to raise money for the vital work it does in promoting the conversation about mental health among the UK’s 5.7 million strong UK small business community.

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I am proud to be a member of FSB – a business that supports charities in raising awareness of workplace wellbeing.

Wellness at work is something that all small businesses should think about.  If you are an employer who is only looking at the physical aspect of wellness, you are missing key motivators in your employees’ health.  Wellness accounts for all ways in which an employees’ health could be affected and it is vital that employers should take into account the mental, financial and social sides of their wellbeing.

The importance of wellness is paramount.  In 2015, UK productivity was estimated at 15.9% below that of other G7 nations according to the Office of National Statistics. A good work-life balance has long been associated with better productivity amongst workers, and fewer sick days. If employees feel emotionally validated and financially secure, they are more reliable and motivated. 

According to an article on https://www.personneltoday.com/occupational-health-and-wellbeing/ too few employers look at wellbeing as an investment.

Why not take steps to develop the inner you and those who are important to your business and make wellness in your workplace a key part of your forward business plan.  

Physical health: Employers can help their staff maintain their physical health by offering schemes which help them stop smoking or increase their activity. Ensuring employees get plenty of breaks and have fit-for-purpose furniture can help with ergonomics and prevent repetitive strain injuries which can often lead to long-term sickness.

Meanwhile, a supply of healthy office snacks will encourage better nutrition amongst employees.

Financial wellness: This isn’t all to do with how much an employee is paid. Instead it relates to how an employee handles their money and often comes down to education. Offering help with tuition fees and providing financial workshops can help your staff to make the most of their money, so that financial issues don’t bring them down.

Emotional stability: Stress is one of the most debilitating mental issues, with severe impacts on workplace. Stress can decrease performance by 10%, so it is in a employers’ interest to encourage their workers to get in touch with their inner feelings, for example, through meditation, mindfulness and emotion-based workshops.

Social wellness: Team bonding isn’t just good for morale – it can also help ward off feelings of loneliness in employees. Employers can organise staff nights out, team activities and ensure there are social areas within the office.

FSB promotes it’s ‘Wellbeing in Small Business Hub’.  Download the guide here:  https://www.fsb.org.uk/standing-up-for-you/our-campaigns/wellbeing-hub/wellbeing-in-small-business-hub  Also, it’s okay to talk about mental health.  See: 

https://www.fsb.org.uk/standing-up-for-you/our-campaigns/it-s-okay-to-talk-about-mental-health/it-s-okay-to-talk-about-mental-health