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Creating a common workplace wellbeing commitment across Dorset.

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Dorset Workplace Wellbeing

Amplifying business through wellbeing

Landscape

Mental ill-health costs the economy £118 billion every year, according to a new report compiled by the Mental Health Foundation and London School of Economics.

With almost three-quarters (72%) relating to lost productivity from staff living with mental health conditions such as depression, anxiety and stress, workplaces play an integral role in improving our wellbeing.

A mental health lens on Dorset

11% Increase

people in contact with Dorset mental health services at the end of July '21 compared to the same point in 2020.

Nearly double

Self-harm rates admitted to hospitals via A&E across Dorset compared to the national averages.

Higher suicide rates

in BCP and Dorset in 2018/19 compared to the average across England (12.6 BCP & 12.1 Dorset compared to 9.6 for England, per 100,000)

Purpose

While one in four UK adults will experience mental ill-health in any given year, we know we all experience difficult times in our lives. When we think of our employees, our teams or simply our colleagues with this statement in mind we can see how workplaces can be an important place to start talking about wellbeing.

Aim

To raise the bar in Dorset for workplace wellness across private businesses, organisations and authorities. And as a county leading the way in developing a minimum standard across all industries.

Light on Guide to workplace wellbeing

Our guide aims to deliver a manageable introduction of actions any business can adopt into their businesses. With the help of local organisations, the guide was created to be used as the starting block of a workplace wellbeing strategy brought to life in the way that works for you.

Download the guide

Divided into four pillars, the guide focuses on steps that can be taken to support people in areas where it has been often identified as influenced by the workplace environment.

Health

  • Make a break for lunch mandatory

  • Actively encourage holiday time off

  • Improve the workplace with plants & natural light

Physical activity

  • Organise active meetings, like walking or standing

  • Develop company exercise challenges

Development

  • Clearly share training opportunities & skilling up

  • Create regular companywide communication updates to inform and engage

  • Empower leaders to engage individually with team members

Support

  • Clear access to signposting to local wellbeing & mental health services

  • Install local initiatives to engage with the community

In developing our workplace wellbeing strategy we learnt to communicate better as a team, focus on the things that matter in our business and gain confidence in what we are doing as a business is right.

Sean Rodulfo, Co-Founder Modern Listings EA