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In the world of workplace wellbeing the focus is so often on physical or mental health, but the ideas of ‘social health’ and ‘social connectedness’ have been gaining much more currency of late. At their heart, these concepts are about our social networks and what they provide us with – whether that be confidence, support, knowledge, health or something else! But both inside and outside of work we have a choice to accept the networks we find ourselves in or to work more proactively to create strong connections, which are more likely to help us to achieve our goals and, what’s more, feel better while we’re doing it!

Of course, businesses have a responsibility here too, because just as employers are responsible for creating a working environment and support systems that maximise the chances of good physical and mental health, they are also responsible for creating the conditions for social health. Whether it involves providing the time and space for social connection and social activities to take place (and by extension, giving employees permission) or whether it’s more about facilitating employee voice and connections to the wider community; employers have to play their part.

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