Wellbeing - the performance enhancer

Wellbeing is at the heart of public policy and the Government is driving employers to help people achieve healthy working lives. The requirement to facilitate this is becoming more prevalent as research consistently shows the link between wellbeing and high performance.

This issue is only going to get bigger, with research from Edenred showing 65% of employers are placing increased priority on wellbeing this year. What does this mean for facilities?

FM have a huge role to play in supporting employees but also guests and clients to achieve a better quality of life.

In order to make a real difference we need to look at this as more than just a health and safety exercise. This means thinking about the physical but also the mental and social side.

We are working with London-based creative agency, AMV BBDO, who are leading the way with regards to the health and wellbeing of their employees and visitors. The agency has created a social hub where both employees and visitors can take time out or hold meetings.

AMV have worked hard to create a positive experience. Not only have they worked with us to ensure employees and visitors have access to healthy food, but the space has been designed to facilitate wellbeing and support employees when taking time out to re-energise.

Facilities teams have a huge opportunity to ensure organisations create positive experiences like this, from the moment someone enters reception to the moment they leave. It’s these things that will help improve emotional wellbeing.

Wellbeing has become a huge issue for individuals and employers, and too much is at stake to be reactive. It’s time for facilities teams to play offense rather than defence.

This piece first appeared in the FM supplement within The Sunday Telegraph.

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