Professor Dame Carol Black, chair of the original wellbeing research project steering group, offered a rousing welcome and introduction to the toolkit for the attendees: “What is so wonderful about it is, if you don’t really know how to go about setting up a health and wellbeing programme but you know you want to, then this is really fantastic and it’s easy to follow. It’s evidence-based.”
She was speaking to a room full of leaders, managers and HR practitioners, across businesses and the public sector, who had gathered for the event. Some had previously contributed to the research as case study organizations or contributors to the Britain’s Healthiest Workplace survey (the Vitality survey that was the data source for the business case calculator).
Throughout the afternoon, team members presented elements of the toolkit: the business case calculator, the comprehensive guide to workplace wellbeing (with diagnostic questions), the free online workplace wellbeing course and more. The videos of these live, in-person presentations can be found via the videos page as they are made available.
Since launching the toolkit the team has been pleased with the enthusiastic response. “I love this toolkit!” emailed one organizational practitioner, and others have happily commented on the surprising depth and breadth of material available.
The Evolve Workplace Wellbeing online toolkit is an ongoing activity of Norwich Business School at the University of East Anglia and RAND Europe. Watch this space for more content to come: podcasts, new case studies, blogs on the latest research findings, events (online and in-person) and news of related workplace wellbeing projects. Sign up to the newsletter here: Get involved – evolveworkplacewellbeing.org