Well-Being  – more than a passing fad?

Polly Vernon recently wrote an upbeat article about 2015 fads she has openly embraced – Pilates, Uber, summer cocktails, sobriety, Instagram and Almond milk to name a few! As a style journalist, trends are kind of her bread and butter.

I reflected on my own indulgence in the ‘latest craze’.  Reading anything to do with my role, listening  to Engage for Success podcasts, attending Happiness seminars and making new connections at Culture Meet-Ups all hold great appeal. The concepts of pre-approving ideas, celebrating failures and transparent salaries draw me to explore them more deeply and practically. I rejoiced in International Happiness Day with my team this year and I’m currently exploring the synergy between Culture and Brand.

Well-Being at work

No surprises then how animated I get about mental and physical well-being at work!  When I found the nef research on the Five Ways to Wellbeing, I knew my next intervention lay right there….

“The Five Ways to Wellbeing are a set of evidence-based actions which promote people’s wellbeing. They are: Connect, Be Active, Take Notice,Keep Learning and Give. These activities are simple things individuals can do in their everyday lives.”

Mental Health in the UK is currently in the spotlight, spearheaded by famous names such as Ruby Wax and Stephen Fry, but the spectrum of mental health issues tend to be poorly understood by the general population. As a result, stigma and a lack of support prevail, often worsening the issues.  But what if we could do something preventative? Something easy to build into our everyday lives?.  Wouldn’t it be great if more employers realised that employees everywhere are under increasing pressure to deliver more with less, at home and at work?  Wouldn’t it be wonderful if they embraced their responsibility to look after their people.  And can you imagine how brilliant it could be if they actually did something about it?!

Practical Well-Being

The Five Ways to Well Being provide a really simple framework, making it easier to implement small changes with the power to positively effect our ability to cope with the strain of modern life.  Keen to practice what I preach, I’m currently planning a Well-being week at ANDigital which will help our team members be more mindful of the five principles.

I know ANDigital are not the first organisation to host a Well-being Week but neither will we be the last.  Well Being is just one of the Hot Topics I’m continually researching.  Does this mean it’s here today, gone tomorrow and in 2016 I’ll be cringing about how absurd an initiative my well-being at work programme was? Of course not!!  I can’t conceive of a time when physical and mental well-being would ever be irrelevant to our work performance and satisfaction.

So Polly Vernon may not be Planking or drinking Brit Spritz into 2016, but I am firmly committed to keeping Well-being on the agenda.

About the author: Debbie Martin is a self-confessed Happiness Geek!






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