The National Workplace Health and Wellbeing Conference 2022 will provide a platform to uncover the latest practical insights in developing high-quality health and wellbeing strategies following the Covid-19 pandemic. With 71% of staff travelling to work, and the number of people adopting hybrid working rising steadily, recently reaching 17% (ONS), the way that organisations operate is facing a significant shift. Best practice case studies and expert speakers will deliver sessions on enhancing productivity, improving employee satisfaction, and supporting new ways of working.
- Following an introduction from the Chair we’ll be kicking off this live, face to face event with interactive icebreakers designed to encourage early introductions ahead of further networking throughout the day
- Get to know fellow colleagues and participants and share your key learning objectives for the day
- Share your thoughts and ideas through live polling and comments using our interactive platform
- Expect lots of interactivity with this being a brilliant opportunity to interact, network and learn from your peers in a safe, face to face environment
Work-related stress is the second most commonly reported cause of occupational ill health in Great Britain. While the highest incidence rates are recorded in the public sector – education, health and social care, prisons, emergency services, and local and central government – there is increasing evidence that it is becoming a significant problem in other sectors.
This session will discuss:
- How to implement HSE’s Management Standards on stress to improve support for staff suffering from work related stress by identifying and managing six areas of work design which can affect stress levels – demands, control, support, relationships, role and change
- Best practice for carrying out a stress risk assessment and mitigating risk to protect employees from stress, and how to spot signs of stress at work
- Sharing how HSE’s “Talking Toolkits” can support line managers in having simple, practical conversations with workers which can help prevent stress
This session will include time for Q&A
Southeastern Railway’s Colleague Mental Health Advocate programme uses volunteers from across the organisation, and offers staff the opportunity to have a confidential and safe conversation with an advocate about any issues, concerns or problems affecting them at work. Since launching the project in 2018, there has been a steady increase in uptake, and there has been increased engagement with work-based support services, strengthened manager/colleague relations and reduced absenteeism.
This session will discuss:
- Best practice for training staff volunteers to effective deliver a peer support programme
- How to encourage staff to access peer support services
- The impact of the programme on workplace culture and attitudes towards mental health, and on uptake of existing support services
In this session, Civil Service HR will discuss key learnings from the Covid-19 pandemic, and how public sector organizations can effectively support the wellbeing and mental health of a hybrid workforce.
Menopausal women are currently the fastest growing demographic in the workplace, and due to the taboo and lack of awareness, Lancashire County Council identified improving support as a priority. The health equity, welfare and partnerships team led a review of how menopause was dealt with and drew on best practice from other organisations to implement a series of initiatives. This session will explore:
- How they trained workplace menopause champions, and the importance of talking about menopause in the workplace to break down barriers and taboos
- The impact of improving awareness on the subject among both female and male staff on employee wellbeing and satisfaction
- The ongoing support on offer for menopausal staff and how you can get started designing and implementing a menopause support and awareness project
In this session, you will share your key takeaways from the morning’s sessions with colleagues and how they relate to the challenges you and your colleagues are facing.
- Discussing key learnings from the Covid-19 pandemic, and positive takeaways from changes to workplace support during the pandemic
- Highlighting key considerations for public sector organisations as staff return to the office
- Sharing best practice for supporting a safe and healthy return to the workplace
In this session, Rachel and Francoise will answer your questions about promoting a positive mental health culture, key learnings from the pandemic and the return to work, and how employers can take a strategic approach to health and wellbeing to effectively support staff.
- Examining differences in workplace health & wellbeing support in the private and public sector, and the underlying reasons for those differences
- Highlighting examples of innovation from the private sector that improve the health & wellbeing of employees, increase staff satisfaction, and increase productivity
- Sharing how to implement change effectively at an organisational level to improve the support offered
During this short session, the Chair will invite delegates to break into small groups to discuss the key themes that arose during the day and will provide an opportunity for delegates to share what they have learnt with peers.
Finally, the Chair will provide some concluding remarks and share key takeaways from the day that delegates can look to implement within their organisations.
*programme subject to change
This Conference is specifically designed for the wider public sector, Central and Local Government, Health and the Voluntary Sector. Typical job titles will include:
- Human Resources Professionals
- Directors of Health and Safety
- Directors of Occupational Health
- Directors of People and Organisational Development
- Employee Relations Advisors
- Heads of Occupational Health and Safety
- Heads of Workplace Wellbeing
- Health and Safety Advisors
- Health Improvement Advisors
- Wellbeing Leads