What do you need to do?
Gain management support
It is important to gain support and commitment from senior
management right from the start. Having management on board will
make it a lot easier for you to implement your initiatives.
Find out about people's interests
You should choose and plan your initiatives according to your
colleagues' interests and needs.
One way of gathering this information is to conduct a short
survey. This will also help you to see what enthusiasm there is for
Download the employee
survey and tailor it to suit
your workplace. Use the scoring to prioritise what you do and
You can also
gather employee feedback through:
- informal meetings or chats
- team meetings
- suggestion boards or boxes
- online feedback
Conduct a workplace survey
A workplace survey will highlight how you can use existing
resources or adapt the environment you work in to support your
mental wellbeing programme.
It will show how your workplace policies and practices may
affect mental wellbeing.
audit and tailor it to suit your
Ideally a senior manager or the mental wellbeing coordinator
should fill in the workplace assessment. Use the results grid and
scoring to calculate your workplace mental wellbeing score.
To learn more about a mental wellbeing employee survey and
workplace assessment order your
Health at Work toolkit.
Set up a mental wellbeing policy
A workplace mental wellbeing policy is a written document
stating an organisation's commitment to mental wellbeing. It
outlines how the organisation will promote and encourage mental
health in the workplace and tackle stress.
Plan your initiatives
Don't underestimate the amount of time it takes to plan and
organise an initiative. Allow plenty of time and prepare thoroughly
- this will pay off in the long run.
Offer initiatives to individuals and also look at what you need
to do at an organisational level to promote mental wellbeing. If
you only work at the individual level, without organisation-wide
changes, you will not make much impact.
Remember to start small and build on what you are doing over
Choose your initiatives
Decide what you are going to offer, based on the feedback and
information you've gathered. If you've received plenty of different
suggestions, you'll have to prioritise which ones to focus on.
You can do this by using the scoring systems on the
employee survey and
workplace environment audit.
Produce an action plan
An action plan of initiatives, spread over six months, will help
you to focus on what you are going to deliver and when. Revise your
plan regularly and be flexible - you may have to change plans
to suit people's needs, preferences and availability. Download the
Action plan template.
Promote your initiatives
It is important to make people aware of your initiatives and
encourage them to take part. People can't participate if they don't
know what is happening.
Give adequate notice so that they can set aside the time and
arrange their work around it. While some may have shown an initial
interest, they may need a gentle reminder or encouragement to take