Social Wellbeing- and how Healthy Mind, Healthy You can help your business.

The Harvard Study of Adult Development is one of the longest running studies on happiness. In the study they found a very strong association between happiness and close relationships. We spend a third of our lives at work. Therefore good working relationships are not just for the benefit of the organisation, but for the benefit of our personal wellness and happiness.

Wellbeing Strategy- The 4 Branches to Wellbeing

What is social wellbeing?

At Flourish in Mind we focus on the four branches of wellbeing, social wellbeing being one of these.

As humans we are wired for connection and therefore social interaction is essential for us to function and sustain good wellbeing. We are all different and we will each personally have different requirements around social wellbeing.

For some people, this connection relates to our beliefs and values and being able to live our lives in a meaningful way. Others, the connection could have religious connotations, or perhaps being in alignment to our personal values through the work that we do. When our connection is out of kilter, such is doing work which has no meaning, there is an imbalance. This can have a knock-on effect to our overall sense of wellness.

Under the social wellbeing branch people are equipped to understand who they are, what their values are and what they need to connect. By promoting better social interactions people feel valued, needed and in control. Social wellbeing builds better relationships, a happier workforce in a way that is sustainable.

When an organisation prioritises the social wellbeing of its people, it is proactively contributing to each and every employee’s sense of overall wellbeing. We spend a third of our lives at work (Gettysburg College) and so it is important that our experience in work is a positive one.

Work gives people the opportunity to connect. However, it can also foster poor relationships, people doing work with no meaning and not acknowledging the individual requirements of others in relation to their social connections.

The benefits to an organisation of social wellbeing

From a workplace perspective the benefits of focussing on social wellbeing are endless:

  • Improved working relationships means fewer grievances and therefore costs the business less time and money in dealing with these.
  • When people understand their own personal values, the values of the organisation and how their work contributes to these it can lead to a much more engaged team
  • As a result they are less likely to leave the business meaning a highly developed team without the costs of recruitment and replacement
  • A happier team makes for a more productive team
  • When people are happy in their work, customers both internal and external will experience a greater and more genuine level of service

 

 

If you take just grievances alone the costs are significant. Progeny Group wrote a blog https://theprogenygroup.com/blog/real-costs-of-employee-disputes/ in 2019 highlighting the impact of employee disputes. Here are some of the key findings in their blog:

  • Lost management time. Progeny Group site ACAS estimate that managers dealing with disciplinary and grievance issues “adds up to an astonishing 6.5 weeks of management time”
  • The time spent dealing with a claim once proceedings are issued is now 33 weeks
  • However this doesn’t take into account the time spent before proceedings and the impact on productivity, stress, customer service levels and more, up to this point
  • This is all before any legal costs are included if the case did get that far

 

How can an organisation better facilitate good social wellbeing in the workplace?

The first step to good social wellbeing is understanding yourself better. Knowing who you are. What your personal values are and being comfortable with you. Some people may have never considered this; others will be very clear about their internal value system and what makes them unique. The first step organisationally would be to get a sense of this. Perhaps through focus groups or a wellbeing questionnaire, or a form of personality or psychometric test. There are many out there to select from. Each have their individual pros and cons of each so take the time to research but always have the end in mind.

These types of tests or quizzes may have adverse effects if not contextualised and can create a ‘them’ and ‘us’ by highlighting ‘types’ which are more desirable than others. This can add to any existing tension or conflict within a team so we recommend talking to an expert to understand how you can utilise these tools to maximum potential.

Secondly, once you have a good insight into who you are; it’s about getting to know the rest of the team under a different spotlight. What are their strengths? How are they different to you? How can you adapt your behaviour in different situations to harness the power of the team as a whole?

Organisational values also have a part to play here too. If people understand not just the values, but how their role (no matter how big or how small their role is) contributes to the overarching vision and values of the business, they will feel connected. The work they do will have meaning. Their social wellbeing will improve as a result.

Healthy Mind Healthy You

Social wellbeing is one of the lesser-known aspects of wellness. It is also the part which can be a little trickier to find solutions for too. We have partnered up with Julia Lee of Common-sense Initiative to develop a programme with social wellbeing in mind. Julia is a qualified coach and neuro linguistic program practitioner (NLP). She uses her experiences in rugby league, sport and her personal mental health challenges to support individuals and organisations to develop a culture which promotes positive mental health and wellbeing.

We apply Neuro Linguistic Programming along with positive psychology to adapt theory into practical everyday solutions to effect long term mindset changes. This is in line with our ethos at Flourish in Mind where we ensure the training we provide is engaging, pragmatic and that the learning is sustainable.

The programme is a 2 day course and is ideal for managers.

An Introduction to healthy mind healthy you workshop

As workplaces become busier, there has been an increase in lower employee wellbeing. When this is the case, productivity and enthusiasm levels can fall whilst stress rises.

Improved team wellbeing can help your people to respond better in difficult circumstances. It increases overall job performance and improves constructive engagement with other people both in and out of the workplace. Having the ability to understand how to cope better with your own wellbeing, as well as other employees and customers, will create better, longer lasting relationships all round.

 

What will the organisation gain from the healthy mind healthy you workshop?

The healthy mind healthy you workshop will give you and your management team an in-depth understanding of wellbeing and how it impacts our lives every day.

You will learn prevention and coping techniques to help you to recognise when you or theirs around you may be experiencing poor wellbeing as well as promoting your own empathetic mindset.

Learn techniques so that you support a change in culture to sustain wellbeing in your work community.

Understand how better well-being can bring many benefits to your organisation overall and why it is so important for achieving business goals.

What are the workshops main objectives?

  1. Demonstrate what our wellbeing is and how it influences our lives
  2. Identify how to make active changes to improve our wellbeing
  3. Recognise the effect wellbeing can have on organisations performance in both a negative and positive manner
  4. Employ specific strategies to manage personal wellbeing
  5. Develop specific strategies to nurture a culture of wellbeing in the workplace
  6. Set plans to improve your wellbeing moving forward

 

What else will you and your team learn?

  1. You and your team will be able to increase your own personal wellbeing
  2. Both you and your team will be able to recognise if your colleagues are vulnerable to poor wellbeing and know ways to approach these situations
  3. Tools and techniques that can be used on a daily basis to combat negative influences

 

If you are keen to understand social wellbeing better; would like a chat around your overall wellbeing strategy; or would like more information on Healthy Mind Health You for your organisation, please do get in touch.

We are running the Healthy Mind Healthy You course this October at a trial price for you to take a look and try out the benefits yourself. Why not book you and a few of your team a place to try it out?

We have some great connections with specialists in teams, team building and team development. If you would like us to point you in the right direction just let us know.

We would love to hear from you!

Jennifer.rawlinson@flourishinmind.co.uk