New Year Health Kick for Your Organisation

This January many of us will be starting a new year health kick, but how many of us are thinking about the health of our organisation?

Veganuary, DryJanuary, and countless gym membership discounts are now a recognised ritual at this time of the year. But at a time when we are asked to focus on our own health and lifestyle, we want people to think about the health of their organisation.  Having a healthy workplace is about more than being active and eating well, it is about recognising the range of ways your organisation can support and develop your staff, and ultimately be a more fulfilling place to work. Happier staff create healthier organisations.

The Well-being of Future Generations (Wales) Act 2015 has, as one of its goals, a healthier Wales. In order to achieve this, we need to have healthy organisations.  The conditions in which our public sector is working are well documented and clear to all those who work in or with the sector. Despite a recent uplift in funding, public services in Wales remain under huge pressure and need to continue to find innovative ways of working; to do more with less, encourage less demand on services and adapt to legislative direction. Whilst the ambition may seem clear, these are challenges that are testing the sectors’ thinking.

To support our clients with these challenges, and as part of our 20th anniversary in business, we created a Developing Healthy Organisations Programme to help participants critically examine their aspirations for the health of their own organisation. This was a chance to reflect on the ‘where you are now’ and ‘where you want to be’: an opportunity to set a goal  that considered the health and well-being of the organisation as a whole, with a laser sharp focus on people.

Our findings were fascinating and we were hugely encouraged by the openness and honesty of nearly 100 individual participants. Common themes emerged, as well as some outliers, but on the whole, it was acknowledged that there is a real ambition for healthier organisations, yet some distance to travel as the figure above demonstrates.

To share these findings, we are hosting a knowledge sharing event in February, which will be an opportunity to reflect on the learning from the workshops and to present back to a wider audience. It will include the common themes identified, good practices that are happening, and give you an opportunity to network and connect with likeminded peers.  If you’re interested in finding out more about developing Healthy Organisations, then register your interest here:

We look forward to seeing you there. 

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