GM Thought of the Week: Our first of many Wellbeing Week is over but there’s lot more to come

“Good health IS good business” – Paul Drechsler

At Generation media our staff’s wellbeing is at the top of our priority list which is why last week marked our inaugural week dedicated to all things wellbeing. Throughout the week we ran several sessions including; a company quiz focused on our staff, food donations in exchange for a morning smoothie, gong baths, shoulder massages and a Q&A session with our director team who spoke about their own experiences with stress and how they have developed their own resilience throughout their careers.

The event was set around five core pillars of wellbeing: connecting, being active, taking notice, learning and giving back. After a very busy Q4 for the company, which included an office move and re-brand, this was a great opportunity to start 2020 by giving back to our team and thanking them for an amazing 2019.

Promoting positive wellbeing, both physical and mental, needs to be an important priority for any modern workplace. Not only do businesses have a responsibility for their employees, best practice in this area will lead to positive business results. Employee engagement will increase, leading to greater productivity and reducing absenteeism and presenteeism. As reported by Mind, FTSE 100 companies that prioritise employee engagement and wellbeing outperform the rest of the FTSE 100 by 10 per cent (BITC Workwell FTSE 100 Public Reporting Benchmarking Research Findings).

So for us at Generation Media, this really is just the start. We’re looking forward to continuing to invest in wellbeing related initiatives throughout 2020, and beyond, encouraged by the growing number of businesses which are joining this rewarding journey.