This week we’re proud to be supporting world Mental Health Day!
We spend an average of 8.8 hours a day at work – for many of us it’s much more than that – so it’s extremely important to think about how we can improve employee mental health and wellbeing in the office.
It may seem like a daunting topic, but there are actually a lot of simple and effective ways to promote better mental wellbeing for your employees both at work and outside the office. One simple way to do this is to offer incentives for employees to take part in regular exercise, whether that’s cycling to work, walking on their lunch break or taking part in an exercise classes. Evidence shows that just one or two hours’ exercise a week is an extremely effective mood booster and coping mechanism for people with mild to moderate depression. The NHS also recognises that there are significant mental health benefits of just one hour of physical activity a week, and promotes a more holistic approach to mental health – which recognises that our treatment of the physical body in turn has a powerful effect on our mental wellbeing. There are also further mental health benefits to be had from encouraging employees to spend more time outside the office and in nature. The Wildlife Trust has revealed that two-thirds of its volunteers, digging ditches and building bird tables in the open air, had better mental health within six weeks. So how can you start to incorporate this approach to mental wellbeing in your workplace? Our Jump programmes provide a sustainability and wellbeing engagement platform for employers to motivate their employees to take part in wellbeing activities, such as increased exercise, daily walks, or even spending more time in nature. Through motivation, ongoing communications campaigns and rewards to reinforce behaviour change, Jump has the functionality to help employees feel happier, healthier and more fulfilled in the workplace. In our programme at Swansea University, employees are rewarded for taking part in nature walks and beach cleans. At both Swansea University and Bournemouth University, our programmes promoted a Cycle to Work scheme and rewarded employees for taking part.
At Bournemouth University, over 45% of participants of the Jump programme said they had increased their sustainable behaviour at work since signing up to the programme and 39.9% said they had improved their health and fitness.
Offering a sustainability and wellbeing employee engagement scheme at work is an excellent solution that is extremely rewarding for both employees and employers.
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