This Episode: Rethinking Wellbeing

Lucinda flies solo this time to discuss ‘Rethinking Wellbeing’ looking at various themes related to wellbeing, drawing from recent research findings from the CIPD and Oxford University.

She explores the effectiveness of wellbeing initiatives, highlighting the need to focus on structural aspects of work that contribute to wellbeing rather than relying solely on superficial interventions. Lucinda also emphasises the importance of measuring the return on investment of wellbeing strategies and suggests using metrics such as employee engagement and work-life balance.

Key Takeaways

  • Wellbeing initiatives may not always have a significant impact on employee wellbeing or job satisfaction, according to a study by Oxford University.
  • It is important to focus on the structural aspects of work that contribute to wellbeing, such as reducing stressors and improving manager support.
  • Return on investment (ROI) for wellbeing initiatives should be measured through metrics like employee engagement, work-life balance, and sickness absence.
  • Financial wellbeing is a growing concern, and employers should consider offering support and resources in this area.

Best Moments

“A large-scale Oxford University study… showed no statistical impact on wellbeing or job satisfaction from a series of wellbeing interventions.”

“Wellbeing is not just let’s do some stress management training, let’s give everybody the Headspace app. It is much, much broader and so it’s looking at dealing with the stressors from the ground up.”

“Lower paid and unskilled workers were more at risk [of financial distress].”

“Make sure you know what you need to do to recharge or renew… If you are just re-renewing in all of those areas, then that’s actually going to make a difference.”

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About The Host

Lucinda Carney is a Business Psychologist with 15 years in Senior Corporate L&D roles. Lucinda also has a further 10 as CEO of Actus Software where she worked closely with HR colleagues helping them to solve the same challenges across a huge range of industries. Certainly, it was this breadth of experience that inspired Lucinda to set up the HR Uprising community to facilitate greater collaboration across HR professionals in different sectors, helping them to ‘rise up’ together.

“If you look up, you rise up”

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