Workforce wellbeing in the spotlight at groundbreaking new event

April 7, 2016 @ 22:51 by Alison Cowie

An inaugural forum by DrummondHR/Wellbeing Works to take place in Washington, on April 19

The wellbeing of staff – and the effect of this on organisations – will be the focus of a pioneering free event this month.

The inaugural Wellbeing at Work Forum, on April 19, will be delivered by workplace wellbeing, performance and engagement consultancy DrummondHR/Wellbeing Works at the Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Headquarters in Washington.

Held in partnership with South Tyneside NHS Foundation Trust and Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue, the forum will provide a platform for discussion around the challenges and actions in relation to staff wellbeing in a time of rapid change.

It will cover areas including improving attendance, productivity and staff morale, reducing staff turnover, increasing skills retention and reducing recruitment and training costs.

Newcastle-based DrummondHR/Wellbeing Works has been working alongside South Tyneside NHS Foundation Trust and Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service to evaluate staff wellbeing. The event, which will draw on this experience, will examine the challenge for engagement, productivity and job satisfaction; how the challenge can be measured, and look at practical, innovative approaches to changing the work environment.

According to a the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) Absence Management Report 2015, the estimated average cost of absence to employers is around £554 per employee per year, with improving employee health and wellbeing suggested as a key way of proactively dealing with this problem. However, the report found that just eight per cent of organisations had a stand-alone wellbeing strategy which was directly linked to productivity, performance and attendance.

Hamish Moore, chief executive of DrummondHR/Wellbeing Works, commented: “Improving wellbeing in the workplace is intrinsically linked to improving organisational performance.

“By investing in employee wellbeing you can create a workforce that performs well, is engaged and therefore improve your organisation’s reputation, financial performance and reduce staff turnover.

“The forum will be of real benefit to senior leaders and managers and directors from across the public and private sectors in the region, and provide valuable practical insight and guidance on how staff wellbeing can improve productivity, performance, engagement and attendance.”

Ian Frame, executive director of personnel and development at South Tyneside NHS Foundation Trust said: “In many organisations there is a tendency to concentrate on absenteeism in the workforce, but equally important is ensuring that staff are physically and psychologically well, as that is likely to both improve attendance rates and increase the level of engagement that employees have with their jobs and organisations.

“The Wellbeing at Work Forum will demonstrate that as an employer, South Tyneside NHS Foundation Trust recognises the importance of staff wellbeing and we’re very much looking forward to sharing our early learning and immediate plans at the event.

“In an environment where public sector organisations are now under more strain, wellbeing should be firmly in the spotlight. Events like this will help both public sector bodies and businesses see staff wellbeing in a new light.”

The event is being held in conjunction with Newcastle-based full service strategic marketing company Horizonworks.

The free event will take place at from 1.30pm to 4.30pm on Tuesday, April 19 at Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Headquarters, Nissan Way, Washington, Sunderland.