The Future of Wellbeing

The meaning of wellbeing at work is changing fast- and with it the ways in which employers are setting up to create healthy environments for their workers.

Tech and innovation, behavioural economics, education, a changing workforce and, of course, leadership combine to present a genuinely moving feast for those own the wellbeing strategy inside organisations. It’s tough to get set up with when there’s so much happening in the now…

The future of wellbeing is going to be much broader and more inclusive than its past – it’s not confined to surveys and personal development– it’s cultural, habitual and it crosses the border between work and home-life. It involves big dollops of personal responsibility and action…

Good Day at Work Conversation 2017 is an experience – one where you are fully involved in creating and developing the day to suit you. Get your tickets.

As a starter for ten, here’s a selection of the themes that Good Day at Work and our partners will help you to explore….

We’ll delve into :

The language of wellbeing

With the evolving workplace comes evolution in the language we use to discuss wellbeing. The result of being in this period of change is we find ourselves in a crossroads between the old and new wellbeing language. We explore corporate speak and why looking outside of this ‘language box’ can engage previously unengaged people to consider and own their wellbeing. We explore how different populations in our workforce prefer to be communicated to—think beyond the written or spoken word to include visual art, and the role of technology.

Art, culture and wellbeing

Art and culture influence each and every one of us in our daily lives. Whether it be the media we consume, our country’s sporting culture, or art displays and community event. Focusing on how a person’s home life impacts their work life, we explore art and culture’s role in our emotional state, self-awareness, sense of community and culture and expression, and how this impacts our work.

Brexit, Trump and the new world

Much of the globe is in a period of significant political, economic and social change. Like it or not, expected it or not, it’s happened. What does this mean for employers and employees? Will employees’ health and wellbeing be impacted, and how will organisations adapt their People and Wellbeing strategies for the changes already being seen and those on the horizon? We explore cohesion in a divided country, our shifting national identity and how this impacts our sense of personal responsibility.

Our children

How can we look to the Future of Wellbeing without looking at the very people who will be the future of our society and in turn, our workforce. Is the current education system, its values, structure and content, best fit to prepare our children to thrive in the future working world? Peoples’ core values and behaviours are learned in childhood, therefore the roles of parents and the education system are the most pivotal in shaping the future of the workforce. Should children be learning at a younger age about their own mental health, stress, mindfulness and how to manage them? How can we support children as they transition to graduates and begin to find their place in the working world.

What is a Good Day At Work?

People are intrinsically linked to key business outcomes. Organisations know that in order to perform at its best, the wellbeing of its people must be prioritised. However, few organisations have bridged the linked between turning this knowledge into real, sustained organisation-wide cultural change. The concept of Good Day At Work was born out of seeing this disconnect time and time. Organisations needed a way to engage everyone in wellbeing. They needed a concept that was universally understood and easily engaged with that focused on the core and most important influencers of a good day at work—peoples’ physical and emotional energy.

Marginal gains - how lessons from the world of sport can be applied to workplace wellbeing

From little things, big things grow. The concept of marginal gains, popularised by the sporting world, focuses on small, specific improvements–by breaking down a large goal, into smaller more achievable steps. We’ll explore this concept and what lessons we can take into the working world.

The whole person

Gone are the days where employers only consider the ‘9-5’ person in the ‘9-5’ world. In our modern age, with modern responsibilities and working patterns we need to consider the needs, motivations, expectations of a person beyond the office walls. Your physical and emotional energy are the major factors to you having a good day at work, and many of the influencers of these energies occur at home. Employees need to be considered as ‘people’ with lives beyond the workplace in order to achieve true, positive wellbeing in the workplace.

Innovation and technology

Innovation is about looking outside of the square we are told to look in; pushing the status quo; and striving for the pursuit of continual societal improvement. And technology allows us to push this envelope further than ever before—so what’s in store for the working world and our society in general? We explore innovations of our partners The Movember Foundation and how they are bringing positive improvements to mental health the world over.