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The changeable world of workplace wellbeing

Earlier in the year we released a season of episodes that explored in depth the world of workplace wellbeing. We talked to some of the world’s pre-eminent thinkers to bring you a range of views and opinions. This compilation episode brings together the key messages from our wellbeing journey.

We start with -award winning psychologist and bestselling author Gethin Nadin who is widely considered as one of the world’s leading employee wellbeing influencers.

We asked Sandi Wassmer the Chief Executive of the Employer's Network for Equality and Inclusion to explain the link between wellbeing and DE&I.

Stephen Bevan is Head of HR Research Development at the Institute for Employment Studies. We ask Stephen to explain the difference between employee benefits and wellbeing.

We ask Janet Leighton Timpson’s Director of Happiness about what initiatives Timpson have in place for the cost of living crisis faving workers, what new wellbeing initiatives the firm is working on and the firm’s very public focus on positive mental health provision.

Sam Blevins is the Clinical Health & Wellbeing Development Manager for retail giant the John Lewis Partnership. We talk to her about the added complexity of introducing wellbeing for front line workers.

Dr Alex Young is a former trauma and orthopaedic surgeon and the founder of Virti a cutting edge technology learning business about the explosion in the amount of wellbeing apps and tech on the market.

Author and Former ad agency boss Nigel Marsh whose TED talk on Worklife balance remains one of the platforms most popular with some six million views responds to our question about whether the change in the relationship many of us had with work during the pandemic would be sustained.

Charlotte Lockhart is co founder and managing director for the 4 Day Week Global campaign, here she explains how the 4 day week works.

Lastly we catch up with Professor Sir Cary Cooper CBE, the 50th Anniversary Professor of Psychology at Manchester Business School, The University of Manchester, widely considered as the world’s top thinker when it comes to employee wellbeing. We start by asking Professor Cooper if it’s possible for a company to care about shareholder returns and employee wellbeing equally?

There you have it. Essentially employee wellbeing is now considered a business critical factor. We’ve learnt that wellbeing isnt about juice bars and bean bags but it’s a fundamental approach that looks at job design, the quality of line managers, organisational culture, employee autonomy and of course commitment from the very top of the organisation. Our thanks to all of the guests and contributors to season 1 of That Wellbeing @ Work Show and you can of course listen to all of the episodes in full here.


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