Part 2 – Personalising Mental Health and Wellbeing: Top 3 tips for embracing personalisation to get workplace mental health and wellbeing right

Personalising Mental Health and Wellbeing: HR’s biggest challenge yet? Part 2: Cary’s Top 3 tips for embracing personalisation to get workplace mental health and wellbeing right I’ve spent much of my working life thinking about the challenge here, for organisations in particular. I’ve been asked many times over the years for the top 3 things I’d recommend organisations focus on to get mental health and wellbeing right. Of course, the context changes over…

Personalising Mental Health and Wellbeing: HR’s biggest challenge yet?

Personalising Mental Health and Wellbeing: HR’s biggest challenge yet? Work and how it makes you feel. Health and wellbeing in all its forms. These are things I’ve been studying and talking publicly about for over 40 years now. And that’s because they matter. Most of us spend 80% of our waking time at work during an average week… and all too often that extends to weekends too! So how we feel at work, and perhaps more importantly, when we go home at night, makes a huge difference to both our…

An insight into the agenda for 2019’s Good Day at Work Conversation

Hear from Ben Moss, MD of Robertson Cooper and Good Day at Work Content Director, as he shares his thoughts on the agenda for this year’s Good Day at Work Conversation. I’m really excited about this year’s Good Day at Work Conversation. The theme of personalising mental health and wellbeing couldn’t be more relevant as employers battle with getting the balance right between personalised support and crossing the line into creating dependency. We’ve taken…

Can measuring your organisation’s wellbeing help you retain your talent?

Can measuring your organisation’s wellbeing help you retain your talent? The costs of staff leaving are often significant for organisations. What if you could predict who is going to leave before they do, so you have the chance to do something about it and prevent the associated costs? In November 2018, we collected wellbeing data across 4,000 employees and tracked how many of them quit their jobs in the following 6 months to understand whether wellbeing has an impact on staff…

Creating Sustainable Engagement. Part 1: A look into engagement

When we talk about employee engagement, what do we really mean? There is no single accepted definition; instead, engagement is a broad term that focuses on employee attitudes towards their role and pays close attention to the concepts of job satisfaction and organisational commitment. For an employee, engagement rests on knowing their place within the organisation and how their contribution fits into an overall strategy. Having clarity energises the workforce, who can all work towards a…

Wellbeing: The State of the Nation

Last month, we teased you with some headlines from our Wellbeing Survey. Now it’s time to dig a little deeper into these headlines and understand what this represents based on our experience of working to create a culture of wellbeing in organisations in the UK.   The data from 95 client organisations has given us some useful insight into the ‘State of the Nation’ when it comes to wellbeing. 81% reported that the engagement to health and wellbeing in their organisation is patchy or poor…

The Good Day at Work and ‘Single vs Multitasking’

In our 20 years of researching how to create a culture of wellbeing at Robertson Cooper, we know with some confidence that there is no single thing that will ensure a Good Day at Work.  Indeed, there is a multitude of factors that will support someone to feel the positive emotions associated with a Good Day at Work such as making a positive difference, feeling in control and making a valuable contribution.   One of these factors is how you organise your workload, specifically whether you have a…

Blue Monday is a Myth

Blue Monday is a myth. It’s startling that so many people are unaware of its inception – did you know that “Blue Monday” started life as a PR stunt for the holiday company, Sky Travel? In 2005, Sky Travel released a campaign where psychologist Cliff Arnall predicted what would be the most depressing day of the year. Using an equation dreamed up to answer the PR Agency’s question, the third Monday in January was coined ‘Blue Monday’. 14 years later, Mr Arnall confessed that the date has…

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3 Reasons Why Conversation Is Important

At Robertson Cooper, we’re all about “the conversation”. We love to discuss new ideas, revisit old ones and spark a bit of lively discussion. We think it keeps things interesting. But not only that, conversation is really important for our wellbeing. Here are a few reasons that even the most introverted among us should seek out someone to talk to at some point every day. Good things come in small packages Even small talk is good for your wellbeing. A 2010 study by the University of Michigan…

5 biggest factors affecting employee wellbeing in the UK

Here at Robertson Cooper, we’re all about promoting workplace wellbeing (if you haven’t guessed already!) and shedding light on the essential factors that contribute to a healthy, happy work environment. We’ve created this infographic* to show the most prevalent factors that are affecting employee wellbeing in the UK. All of these, let’s delve a little deeper into each one… “My organisation is constantly changing for changes sake” Change pervades all aspects of…