Why ad-hoc workplace health training doesn’t work


A controversial title you may think but this is a genuine issue that I come across daily.

Too many organisations are just following the ‘tick box’ trend of offering interventions such as mental health or stress management training without having a real understanding of the needs of their workforce.  Taking this reactive measure is like sticking a plaster on a reoccurring wound without trying to establish why the wound happened in the first place. Organisations who have a well-defined workplace health strategy see far higher return on investment than organisations who just offer ad-hoc training packages.

With 72.8% of businesses owners stating that pressurised work is the biggest organisational threat and over half stating that mental health is a key driver, it is astonishing that only 41% of organisations have a supportive workplace health strategy and almost half have no defined wellbeing budget.

Building a holistic and sustainable workplace health strategy that links to your overall business objectives is crucial to tackling workplace health at the root cause and is one of the key recommendations of the 2017 report ‘Thriving at Work’ report. 

Building a strong workplace health strategy goes over and above measuring standard sickness absence figures, it involves a more in-depth analysis of the workplace both in ways of culture and its people. Using in-house data to drive a workplace wellbeing strategy makes good business sense and 89% of employers are now looking to utilise these metrics to them to guide the decision-making process and measure impact. Not only do metrics allow you to target key areas and analyse success it also forms the basis of a strong business case for investment.

Getting management buy in and financial support takes time and effort but it is worth it in the end.  Linking your wellbeing strategy to your overall business objectives and demonstrating the level of return on investment is your sure way of getting a successful programme up and running.  Not only do healthy employees out perform their unhealthy colleagues by 17%, organisations also gain an additional 25.1 days of productivity per employee.

Over 80% of organisations state they are looking to improve education and awareness on health-related issues with targeted communication and strategies.  This upturn is fantastic news and it demonstrates that switched on organisations are now realising the business benefits of a strong workplace health and wellbeing strategy and no longer seeing it as a ‘luxury’ or a ‘nice to have’ rather as a necessity that makes improves business performance. 

If you would like to build the business case for wellbeing and improve wellbeing, performance and retention in 2019 please call us on 07954 414222 or email Hello@workwellhub.com.  We have a variety of support packages available from online CPD training to one to one consultancy.