You may have volunteered for your role as wellbeing lead or wellbeing champion. It is an area that you are passionate about and genuinely care for ensuring the wellbeing of people is prioritised. It may be that you have been volunteered for the role by others. Informally asked to step up because of the skills you possess; your track record; the way you make others feel; or that you are a natural ‘go to’ person for any of the team who may be struggling.

 

Either way, it is an absolute credit to you that you are in the role of wellbeing lead for your organisation.

 

What often happens is you get given this ‘informal’ role. But there can often be a lack of support for you in the role. Whether that be down to time, resources including budget, or a lack of knowledge on the subject. This can feel very lonely and a big responsibility, especially when you have your usual day job to manage.

 

In this blog we will share our top 3 tips in coping when ‘wellbeing’ isn’t your main job.

 

Taking on additional roles, particularly when there is limited specific support available can often lead to individuals taking their own time to research, plan and implement. The problem here is that initially that may feel okay. It is a topic that you are passionate about, and you are helping others in the process. It is allowing you to live your values. However not having proper down time from work will eventually take its toll. Our first top tip is therefore

 

Prioritise your wellbeing time and create boundaries around the work you are doing as a wellbeing lead. Maintain your work life balance.

 

This is important in many respects. First and foremost, your own wellbeing needs to take priority. The old analogy of putting your own oxygen mask on before helping others absolutely applies here. Also remember that if the role is an additional role outside of your job description you are under no obligation to that role. It is voluntary and there may be times perhaps when your own workload increases, or if your wellbeing has taken a dip that you may need to temporarily step back from the role. And this where the boundaries come in. Have open and honest communication with your employer as and when things become too much.

 

Our second tip would be, if you’ve not already done so,

 

Appoint a deputy

 

By having a deputy, it means that you have someone else to share the additional responsibility with. This may be physically in terms of the implementation and creation of wellbeing strategy, but also mentally.

 

A wellbeing lead is a big responsibility and the reason you are in the role is because you genuinely care. You therefore may be more reluctant to step back and adhere to those boundaries when you’re struggling, particularly if you are going it alone. Having a deputy helps you to release some of the mental load as well associated with stepping up or stepping back and will really help you in maintaining good boundaries.

 

Our final tip would be

 

Build your network externally

 

We do become very insular within workplaces. There is nothing better than to sound out challenges with others externally. I was going to say ‘even if’ they’re from a different sector but my experience shows ‘especially if’ they’re from a different sector or line of work. Our work gets us used to thinking in a particular way- and of course a lot of the time this helps us to be efficient. However, we can sometimes lack creativity or new ideas. Taking the time to build your external network around wellbeing can be incredibly inspirational. It can also significantly reduce your inputs in terms of time, energy, and productivity when you can share the work of others. You don’t have to do it all yourself!

 

So there you have it. Our top 3 tips to manage when wellbeing isn’t your main job.

 

We have our Create Your Wellbeing Strategy in a Day workshop coming up on the 1st December. Book here or find out more here.

 

When you attend our Wellbeing Strategy in a Day course you also unlock your discount on our monthly membership to our Wellbeing Leaders Community: Flourishing Together. Every month you can join a ‘live’ session where you will have your questions answered. You will receive ongoing support and inspiration from the community. As well as free takeaways to help you to engage your team around their wellbeing. Saving you having to search for these resources or having to create them yourselves!

 

The community group is not just for the ‘live’ sessions, but you can seek the support from myself and the community by being active within the group. It is also a great space for members to share any free resources that they have found along the way. Giving you time back to work on your own wellbeing  Knowing that the wellbeing strategy is looking after itself and you are able to lead by example!