We aim to create a supportive working environment that maintains and promotes the health and wellbeing of staff. We want to encourage managers and staff to have positive open dialogues about managing everyday wellbeing.
To assist you with having these conversations, you may wish to fill in a Wellness Action plan (optional, confidential, personalised) based on a Wellness Action Plan devised by the Mental Health Charity Mind.
What is a Wellness action plan?
Having a wellness action plan can help generate meaningful conversations about your overall Wellness with your line manager, Occupational Health and your colleagues. In the plan you can specify, what you need to meet your wellness goals and how you maintain good health at work. It can help to identify what keeps you well at work and what causes you to become unwell. The Wellness action plan can be a helpful ongoing tool for your manager giving ‘permission’ to revisit conversations if potential triggers or poor mental health is noticed. The WAP can help you feel empowered and in control and allows you to review your experience and make sure the support you receive is the best for you right now.
The benefits of the Wellness action plan
The Wellness action plan encourages you to think about what supports your wellbeing at work and identify support or adjustments.
As a line manager having your team complete the WAP can help you to:
- structure and start conversations about mental health with staff
- understand the staff’s experiences and needs
- identify and consider reasonable adjustments
- ensure staff returning to work after absence have adequate support
- show new staff your commitment to workplace wellbeing