Understanding employee wellbeing: don’t take your foot off the gas now

The world of work is in flux. From a pandemic to a financial crisis, it seems there’s always a challenge to the health of businesses and their people. But GoodShape believes accurate measurement is the key to thriving throughout, whatever the circumstances

Whatever next for the world of work?

Remember last year’s CIPD ACE? Many of us were taking tentative first steps out of lockdown; our first in-person meet-ups after two years of unprecedented challenge to public health. 

Fast forward to CIPD ACE 2022, and industrial action holds the headlines, as workers in transport (among other sectors) strike over pay and conditions against a backdrop of financial crisis and war in Europe. 

It’s a stark reminder that there are always challenges to employee wellbeing, and in turn, to you – the people who manage those workers. What’s concerning though, is the percentage of you who expect your organisations to abandon the measures so recently implemented to support your people during the pandemic…

For example, our report 'Why employee wellbeing isn’t working. And what you need to do about it' showed that 71 per cent of HR and management professionals say mental health initiatives are ‘much needed’, but only 44 per cent expect them to be kept. And it’s a similar story for flexible working hours (65 per cent vs. 43 per cent) and occupational health services (64 per cent vs. 37 per cent).

So, what’s gone wrong? Have the Board forgotten the good intentions and investment in wellbeing that overflowed during Covid?

At GoodShape, we believe accurate measurement is central to making wellbeing work. To understanding the issues affecting your people. To assessing the ongoing impact of targeted wellbeing initiatives. And to giving your Board compelling proof that supporting employees is not just the right thing to do; it benefits cost, risk, and your appeal as an employer too. 

Happily, the world of work is much more recognisable today than a year ago. But now is not the time to take your foot off the gas when it comes to wellbeing. That’s why we’re proud to sponsor, exhibit and speak at CIPD ACE 2022. Let’s discuss how our measurement can help you navigate your organisation’s unique wellbeing challenges. See you at stand D44.