The Evolution and Importance of Employee Wellbeing in the Workplace


Fifteen years ago, wellbeing in the workplace was often viewed as a nice-to-have rather than a business-critical component. During my time in Human Resources, employee wellbeing was rarely a priority on the HR agenda. At best, we had Employee Assistance Programs (EAPs), Occupational Health services, and perhaps subsidised gym memberships. However, the understanding of why investing in workplace wellbeing was essential for business success was not well established.

A Shift in Understanding Employee Wellbeing

In 2011, I began studying Solution Focused Psychotherapy and Hypnotherapy, initially out of personal interest. As I delved deeper into the subject, particularly learning about the stress response, I realised how profoundly stress impacts our health and how little people know about it. This insight made me recognise the potential benefits of sharing this knowledge with employees to empower them with understanding and tools to manage their mental health.

The Missing Piece in Workplace Wellbeing

During my tenure as an HR Business Partner at Brighton and Sussex University Hospital, I witnessed high levels of absenteeism and turnover, with continuous pressure to meet targets. Despite various interventions, the missing piece of the puzzle was a comprehensive approach to mental health and wellbeing. The realisation that providing employees with knowledge about their minds and bodies could significantly impact their health and performance led to the creation of The Mind Solution International.

The Role of Employee Wellbeing Platforms and Programs

Today, savvy organisations recognise the importance of proactive employee wellbeing programs and platforms. These initiatives are designed to address not just crisis points but to prevent them, fostering a culture of wellbeing and resilience. Employee wellbeing platforms provide employees with access to resources and tools that help them manage stress and maintain their mental health proactively.

Insights from Cary Cooper on Workplace Wellbeing

According to Professor Sir Cary Cooper, having a non-executive director for employee health and wellbeing on the board is crucial for integrating wellbeing into the organisational strategy. This approach ensures that wellbeing is not just a peripheral concern but a core part of the business strategy, influencing decisions and policies at the highest level. Cooper emphasises the need for emotionally intelligent managers who can recognise and address mental health issues within their teams effectively.

The Importance of Mental Health Training for Managers

Managers play a critical role in fostering employee wellbeing in the workplace. Mental health training for managers equips them with the skills to identify signs of stress and intervene appropriately. This training helps managers create a supportive environment where employees feel safe to speak about their mental health challenges and seek help early.

The Impact of Comprehensive Wellbeing Programs

Since its inception, The Mind Solution International has conducted over 10,000 one-to-one sessions, giving us deep insights into employee wellbeing. Our digital employee wellbeing portal offers employees access to resources and tools that help them manage stress, build resilience, and maintain their mental health proactively.

Take Action: Enhance Employee Wellbeing

Investing in comprehensive employee wellbeing programs is essential for fostering a healthy, productive workplace. Book a free consultation call with us today to learn how we can help you create a holistic wellbeing strategy that supports your people at all levels.

Discover the benefits of a proactive approach to employee wellbeing with our digital employee wellbeing portal. Let’s create a healthier, happier, and more productive workplace together.

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