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Skip to 0 minutes and 11 seconds There’s a real wheel there I think in terms of from employers to implement these activity and to try to support their employees. They know actually we are losing millions of pounds every year down to poor mental health and poor well-being. So, for example an organization that’s got around 5,000 staff, average salary 26,000-30,000 pounds a year they will lose around 2.5 million a year in well-being if they don’t address it. So, it’s you know the business model we need to quantify for managers and for leaders to see and for employees to see the business model you are losing money if you don’t address this.

Skip to 1 minute and 3 seconds I think they need to do the research. There’s no point in putting in activities that actually aren’t going to work for their employees. So, for example

Skip to 1 minute and 11 seconds there’s no point trying to organize a daily walk at 7:00 in the morning or 11 o’clock in the morning when people still in class teaching. So there’s something about understanding your employees, the nature of the business and try to understand actually what can we put in place what will work and then there’s something about consistency because people start activities and then they don’t carry them on so there’s something about consistency there’s something about marketing making sure that people know what activities are going on and then there’s also something around commitment from our leaders to engage with those activities and being open and honest about how they’re feeling whilst they’re engaging with the activities because that’s again that starts to chip away the stigma and the embarrassment because if we can see our leaders and our managers there and they are openly talk about how they’re feeling actually it starts to empower people and enable people to engage and be a little bit more open.

Skip to 2 minutes and 16 seconds A number of employers are using the five ways to well being as a model which is fabulous. It’s very simple, it’s a really easy model in terms of people connecting with each other being aware of their environment so in terms of the five ways to well-being which I’ll take notice, keep learning, connect, give and something looking after yourself. So, the five ways to well-being is a really good model very simple and very easy to implement.

Skip to 2 minutes and 43 seconds One of the other really good models is something that the Welsh Health Board have implemented it’s called compassion circles and the notion being actually compassion is healthier than empathy, so from an NHS from a health perspective or from an education perspective we listen to a lot of trauma and we have a lot of students who are in distress and we empathize quite a lot but when you’re empathizing on a regular basis what you’re doing you’re soaking up that person’s emotions and their distress and so actually that can be quite damaging for you as an individual whereas actually if you are being compassionate and learning about compassion through these compassion circles so it’s about self care looking after yourself and then looking after others.

Skip to 3 minutes and 28 seconds One of the other good pieces of practices is around the implementation of mental health first aid. One of the very first things that we do in that training is to teach people self awareness, how to recognize in themselves if there’s anything going on for themselves in terms of mental distress or psychological distress. So, there’s something around five ways to well-being there’s something about compassion circles and then there’s something about implementing as well first aid across.

Skip to 4 minutes and 7 seconds In my opinion you need to make teaching a little bit more exciting, you need to be attracting young people into teaching so I think there needs to be an incentive to come into teaching not just for the STEM subjects but across all the subjects. I know there’s an incentive and financial incentive to come into the stand top is the STEM subjects but I think maybe an incentive to join all the topics actually will be helpful.

Skip to 4 minutes and 28 seconds So, in terms of making their curriculum allowing a little bit more flexibility within the curriculum I think would help teachers stay in that particular vocation, but again within that time for teachers to be able to look after themselves, to be able to enter into self-care activities all the stuff around well-being that we’ve already spoke about.

Expert interview: Workplace wellbeing strategies

In this video, we meet again with Diane Phimister, lead for Mental Health at the Coventry University Group who discusses workplace wellbeing strategies.

In particular, she addresses the following topics:

  • Why is implementing workplace wellbeing interventions important for organisations?
  • What should organisations take into account when implementing interventions?
  • Examples of organisational practices
  • Possible practices to retain teachers like Mary Lucas

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