Why wellbeing in the workplace must start from day one

first_imgWhy wellbeing in the workplace must start from day oneOn 6 Jul 2018 in Return to work and rehabilitation, Sickness absence management, Occupational Health, Wellbeing and health promotion, Personnel Today No comments yet. Leave a Reply Click here to cancel reply.Comment Name (required) Email (will not be published) (required) Website Previous Article Next Article I For a sustainable and meaningful approach to employee wellbeing, employers need to start from day one of employment with an integrated occupational health and wellbeing strategy, says Carl Laidler.“Wellbeing” is a word often bandied around organisations by HR professionals and senior management. It is done with the best intentions: finding ways to focus on employee health and happiness and, in turn, improve engagement and productivity.However, whilst the legislative occupational health requirements are arguably an easier box to tick, many organisations struggle to establish and maintain a meaningful wellbeing programme that is truly effective and consistently managed.Author detailsCarl Laidler is director of screening programmes at Health ShieldResearch by Health Shield has shown that nearly nine out of 10 employers feel that absence negatively affects their business – yet only four out of 10 have a formal wellbeing strategy in place.Alongside this lack of an internal wellbeing framework, it is also often the case that many companies, particularly smaller ones, don’t know where to turn for external advice.The Government did its best to change this with the launch of its Fit For Work referral service in 2014. In its three years of operation, however, the service was hugely under-utilised and the announcement of its closure last December did not come as a surprise to many.The problem is that Fit for Work was designed as a reactive, as opposed to a proactive and preventative, service. Employees went off sick for four weeks or more, then the service – and only then – kicked in. Even assuming employers and GPs thought to use it.Preventative wellbeing, on the other hand, requires a longer-term strategic approach.Wellbeing in the workplace should begin from day one of an individual’s employment, not once a health issue has been established or upon reaching a certain level of seniority.The wellbeing needs of every individual should be treated on a level playing field in order to instil a culture that prioritises the wellbeing needs of the entire workforce, not just the privileged few.Of course, cost is a major factor in deterring companies from adopting such an approach. More affordable workplace screening initiatives are already available, as are schemes such as health cash plans, which provide an affordable way for companies to offer preventative benefits and services. Such plans provide cashback for everyday health requirements including dental and optical bills, physiotherapy, podiatry and, increasingly, a range of services such as virtual GPs and health screenings.However, before even thinking about such solutions, companies first need to identify the needs of employees. Here, therefore, are three simple steps to follow that should, in my opinion, form the bedrock of every corporate wellbeing strategy:1. Pre-commencement/new starter health questionnaireFirst and foremost, make use of online occupational health questionnaires. There is a range available, tailored to need and stage in the employment journey. By doing so, employers ensure that the wellbeing journey starts even before the employee steps foot in the building.In other words, employee health and wellbeing needs are identified from the outset, making those needs easier to assess and manage in the future. The employee feels valued regardless of rank, increasing engagement from the outset, and relevant preventative measures may be put in place or existing health issues assessed and managed from day one.Next, follow-up with an annual health screening for all employees. These can now start from as little as £35 per employee and are recommended as best practice for any company seeking to maintain the health and wellbeing of employees in the long-term, which of course should be the ultimate goal.In conducting health screens we find that only around one in three people has a good level of exercise. Repeated annually, measurable outcomes can be achieved.Employers should ideally offer screenings within working hours, to ensure accessibility for the full workforce, allowing earlier detection of health issues and enabling preventative measures or treatment to be actioned by a GP as soon as possible.2. Occupational health risk surveillance assessmentsFace-to-face occupational health risk surveillance assessments should be carried out, where legislation dictates and in line with those jobs that require a “Fit for Work” certificate – fork-lift truck drivers, to give just one of many examples.These assessments look at many aspects – including things such as eyesight, hearing and musculoskeletal conditions – and they are designed to assess personal risk and ensure others won’t be put at risk.3. Occupational health management referralsFew companies are lucky enough to have an in-house occupational health professional. But help can be at hand in the shape of free support and referral helplines.Employers and employees may call the dedicated line for advice, support and, if necessary, a referral from an occupational health professional to a relevant wellbeing service – whether that be cognitive behavioural therapy, mental health awareness training for line managers or everyday health services.Some providers now offer all of these services at very affordable rates, meaning that a whole workforce wellbeing approach is achievable.And with the Government reportedly musing over whether companies should report on wellbeing in their annual report and accounts (indeed, some larger companies are already taking the lead and doing so) now is the time to take a sustained and strategic approach. Cost should never be a barrier.Reference“Exploring wellbeing needs in the workplace”, Health Shield, March 2017, https://www.healthshield.co.uk/news/ Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

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Dodgers lose to Diamondbacks and drop out of first place in NL West

first_img“I thought the ball was down, the stuff was really good,” said Roberts who had Caleb Ferguson and Alex Wood available as more conventional mid-game long-relief options.“This year Pollock has had a lot more success against right-handed pitchers than left-handers. Scott this year, he’s been in those situations. He has the ability to put the ball on the ground. It just didn’t work out.“I liked Scott right there. I really did. Got a couple punchouts then it ultimately landed on that matchup with Pollock.”The Dodgers have landed their own punches over the past month. But it comes down to a final weekend matchup with the Giants – with one eye on the Rockies.“We can’t do anything to affect them. They’re going to do their thing,” Stripling said. “We just have to go and get three wins and hope that puts us in a good chance to either win the division or play (game) 163 to win the division. If that’s not the case, we’ll go and play one game wherever. Control what we can control.” How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire Cody Bellinger homer gives Dodgers their first walkoff win of season Dodgers hit seven home runs, sweep Colorado Rockies The road to a sixth consecutive playoff appearance for the Dodgers has narrowed considerably. The Chicago Cubs and Milwaukee Brewers clinched playoff spots with victories Wednesday (NL Central winner or wild card to be determined). The Dodgers hold a one-game edge over the St. Louis Cardinals for the second wild-card spot, their only way into the postseason if they don’t catch the Rockies.“Be prepared to win a game on Friday. Nothing else you can do,” Dodgers third baseman Justin Turner said. “We still have to take care of our business. We still have to go out and win games in San Francisco.”There was some doubt about whether they would try to do that with or without Turner. Paul Goldschmidt hit a hard ground ball at Turner in the fifth inning that hopped up and ricocheted off Turner’s glove.His left thumb swelled up and Turner came out of the clubhouse after the game, walking by the waiting media and heading for X-rays on this thumb. They were negative.There were no tests that can determine why the motivated team that won 11 of 14 games against the Rockies, Cardinals and Diamondbacks over a three-week stretch to climb atop the division has been once again replaced by a more familiar version. This one struggles to get a big hit that isn’t a solo home run and can only trust its bullpen long enough for it to let them down.Against the Diamondbacks on Wednesday, seven of the first 12 Dodgers reached base against Zack Greinke. But that produced only single runs in the first and second innings.They had Greinke on the ropes in the third with the bases loaded and one out. Yasiel Puig lined out to shortstop, Yasmani Grandal grounded out and the Dodgers came up empty.“Yeah, Puig hit a 110-mph line drive right at somebody,” Turner said. “It’s just – can’t do anything about that. Good at-bat.”Greinke slipped away and retired 11 of the final 13 batters he faced, allowing only an infield single and a walk after escaping the bases-loaded situation unharmed.The Dodgers went without a hit from Cody Bellinger’s fifth-inning single to Matt Kemp’s two-out single in the ninth and never got another runner to second base after the fourth inning.“I thought we had a great gameplan against Greinke,” Roberts said. “You can look at that at-bat by Puig. Ball hit really well. Liner right at (Nick) Ahmed. That kind of changed the game right there. We had him on the ropes a little bit then he settled in after that.”Meanwhile, the Diamondbacks knocked restored starter Ross Stripling out of the game in the second inning, hitting for the cycle in a five-batter span and scoring three times.“Just wasn’t fooling anybody today. Couldn’t put anyone away,” Stripling said. “If I got behind I was just battling to try and execute pitches and was struggling with that. For whatever reason, it just wasn’t there for me.”Still, it was a one-run game into the fifth inning when Roberts brought in Scott Alexander.Alexander was pitching for a third consecutive day. But Roberts had reduced him to facing left-handed hitters only, one batter at a time, over his previous six appearances.This time, he asked him for more and Alexander gave up a three-run home run to right-handed hitting A.J. Pollock, the fifth batter Alexander faced.Related Articles PreviousPHOENIX, AZ – SEPTEMBER 26: Manny Machado #8 of the Los Angeles Dodgers takes off his batting gloves during batting practice during the MLB game against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field on September 26, 2018 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Jennifer Stewart/Getty Images)The Dodgers’ Yasiel Puig breaks his bat after popping out during the fifth inning of Wednesday’s loss to the Diamondbacks in Phoenix. (Photo by Jennifer Stewart/Getty Images)Arizona Diamondbacks starting pitcher Zack Greinke throws to a Los Angeles Dodgers batter during the first inning of a baseball game Wednesday, Sept. 26, 2018, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsPHOENIX, AZ – SEPTEMBER 26: Ross Stripling #68 of the Los Angeles Dodgers delivers a pitch in the first inning of the MLB game against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field on September 26, 2018 in Phoenix, Arizona. 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(Photo by Jennifer Stewart/Getty Images)ExpandPHOENIX — It was just a week ago that the Dodgers swept the Colorado Rockies, dropped them 2½ games into their rear-view mirror and Manager Dave Roberts was saying how the Dodgers held their playoff fate in their own hands.Times have changed.The Dodgers lost to the Arizona Diamondbacks for the second night in a row, falling out of first place in the National League West with a 7-2 loss Wednesday night.“As far as getting to the postseason, it takes us. We control our own fate,” Roberts said again.center_img It’s a very different potential fate now and Roberts acknowledged the Dodgers’ worldview now encompasses the wild card.“Sure. The playoffs,” he said. “The key is we have to win baseball games and however it plays out is how it plays out. But I know we’re a very dangerous team. I know we believe in ourselves.“Not how we scripted it. But that’s why you go out there and play. Now our focus has to turn to the Giants.”The Rockies have rebounded from that sweep to win six in a row – a weekend sweep of the same Diamondbacks and three more by a combined score of 34-4 over a fading Phillies team – while the Dodgers have split six against the Padres and Diamondbacks.That moves the Rockies a half-game up on the Dodgers with four days left in the regular season. The Rockies get another crack at the Phillies on Thursday while the Dodgers are off, giving them time to map the various scenarios that will get them into the playoffs before heading into a weekend series against a highly-motivated Giants team. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Fire danger is on Dave Roberts’ mind as Dodgers head to San Francisco Dodgers’ Max Muncy trying to work his way out of slow start last_img read more

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