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5 ways to create your well-being culture

Many of you will be aware that 1 in 4 of us are likely to suffer from some form of poor mental health therefore it is vital for businesses to have in place a workplace wellbeing policy. However, many businesses make the mistake of thinking that such a policy will be well received by its staff – I mean why wouldn’t it be? Unfortunately, this is rarely the case because without creating a wellbeing culture you are unlikely to get any staff engagement.

Here are 5 ways to help you get started on creating your “wellbeing culture”:

  1. Create and design an inspiring workplace; have designated areas to allow employees to have time away from their workstation like a “wellbeing room” which can be used to take a lunch break, fill the space with puzzles, inspirational books/quotes, comfortable cushions. We have a wellbeing room which is used by employees, partners and clients with equal enthusiasm.
  2. Start from the top and work your way down; it is only when senior members of the team are truly committed to a wellbeing culture is one embraced so ensure that your management team are displaying the wellbeing behaviours expected from their teams.
  3. Start small; make small changes by actively creating lunchbreaks and creating group activities such as yoga, a walk in the park or an afternoon/evening jog.
  4. Do not lose enthusiasm; this is easier said than done, there will always be members of the team who are unwilling to participate in the culture you are trying to create and that is ok too. You should respect their wishes but continue to motivate and encourage those that wish to embrace being part of an organisation which values a wellbeing culture – you never know you might be able to win them over in the long run.
  5. Encourage teamwork; those of you who know me will know that my philosophy is that “much can be achieved by working together and little can be achieved by working alone”. I equally apply this philosophy to creating a wellbeing culture – whether you are a manager or operative offer to help one another out – making sure everyone leaves the office at a decent time should be the intention of the whole team.  

If you would like advice and assistance in creating a wellbeing culture or would like to find out more about our wellbeing room then contact Samira Cakali at samira.cakali@scesolicitors.co.uk or on 0113 350 4030.

Some of you will know that I have been on a journey for the last two years to create a wellbeing culture at SCE Solicitors and in the coming 12 months I will be sharing my journey on Instagram via the hashtag #SCEWellbeingWarriors. Please do follow it on https://www.instagram.com/scesolicitors/ .

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SCE Solicitors is a boutique employment law and litigation practice based in Leeds which advises clients nationwide. Please note that the information in this blog is to provide information of general interest in a summary manner and should not be construed as individual legal advice. Readers should consult with SCE Solicitors or other professional counsel before acting on the information contained here.

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Samira Cakali

Samira Cakali is a pragmatic and approachable solicitor advocate with extensive contentious and non-contentious experience in the fields of employment law as well as civil litigation, within a range of commercial businesses from SME’s to multinationals as well as senior executives.

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