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  • Agenda for Change

    Agenda for Change

    Everyone has a strategy on mental health and wellbeing, but how many can say it’s working? Our panel says it’s time to press ‘reset’. Elaine Knutt reports. Photos by Ed Tyler.

    Mental Health Awareness Week in May served chiefly as a reminder of just how much mental health awareness there is. News and social media feeds are full of first-person testimonies, survey results and well-meaning advice; workplace posters offer “bikes and bananas” or sometimes “yoghurt and yoga”. But workplace mental health and wellbeing strategies that take employers’ legal responsibilities on welfare and psychosocial risk and convert them into workplaces that don’t harm people’s health, or that successfully manage situations where damage has been done, are much harder to find.

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  • Companies must start to manage wellbeing like they manage safety

    Companies must start to manage wellbeing like they manage safety

    Organisations need to assess the risk for wellbeing in the same manner as they currently assess the risk to safety, according to Dr Caroline Yeoman, Operations Director at OCAID Wellbeing.

    Speaking at the Safety & Health Expo, Dr Yeoman said firms need to “demystify stress” and instead take an approach to wellbeing “that we know already works for safety”.

    “Stress is to wellbeing what accidents are to safety,” said Dr Yeoman. “If I ask you ‘do you manage accidents, you would say no, I manage safety’. So why do you manage stress?”

    Dr Yeoman said stress shows “there is something that is missing in an organisation”.

    “For me, that’s a failure of any wellbeing strategy,” she added. “Often what we do is put in interventions without thinking about them beforehand. We hand out bikes, bananas and yoga. We think they will do something, but there’s very little empirical evidence that any of that works.”

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