Wellbeing and the Workplace

As the importance of well-being is becoming more and more emphasized in our culture and workplaces, it’s integral that we surround ourselves with the knowledge of how we can incorporate mindfulness into our daily lives. For leaders, this research can determine how effective a business is able to run in the long-term, as well as how they can help their employees maintain a healthy state of mind.

Occupational stress is perhaps one of the most challenging difficulties faced by employees. In November 2019, the Labour Force Survey reported a total of 12.8 million working days were lost from 2018 to 2019, related to stress, depression, and anxiety employees were facing.

From an analysis conducted by Deloitte in January 2020, poor mental health in the workplace costs UK employers up to £45 billion a year. This has been on a 16% rise since 2016, costing an extra £6 billion per year for employers.

With this in mind, there are solutions to these problems that leaders can implement.

It’s shown that for every £1 employers spend on mental health interventions they get £5 back in reduced absence and staff turnover, from their employees.  Greater social support results in improved staff loyalty, with lower staff turnover.  Leaders can also make positive changes in the work environment with how they interact with

Leaders and managers who are less technical, more open, have a better relationship with their staff, the Oxford Group reports. The supervisor-employee relationships can affect work commitments, as well as overall job satisfaction. This is crucial to the motivation of employees, and the reducing occupational stress. Leaders who practice well-being for themselves cultivate a healthier, happier workplace for their employees as a result.

Mansoor Ali, Theme Lead of Waste Burning at the Royal Academy of Engineering, implements the principles of mindfulness into his work environment, alongside his own personal life.  His experience in demanding positions shed light on the detrimental effects that a lack of well-being support has on the workplace; minimal communication and lack of motivation from employees, led to many problems in his previous positions.

“The quality of output, the happiness and well-being is compromised, and collectively […] everybody is very much in insolation”, commented Mansoor on past experiences, during an interview with Reena, Founder of Inner8.

Once these problems were addressed, changes began to be made and integrated to benefit the well-being of everyone at his previous workplace.  Staff learning days was one such change that encouraged collaboration between different departments, for the employees to work together and interact.

“Because of all that, the quality of work has improved, my relationships have improved, my cliental has improved, and the money comes in.”

Changes like these are all achievable within any organisation.  At Loughborough University’s Staff Wellbeing Framework event, Reena, Founder of Inner8, held a “Wellbeing for Leaders” presentation that highlighted the key issues in corporate business environments.

In summary, the presentation highlighted the following areas for leaders to be aware of:

1) Decision making
2) Walking the talk
3) Stress Management

In regards to staff well-being:

1) Performance – standards and workload
2) Relationships – manager and colleagues
3) Social aspects – inclusion, teams, and culture

Garnering a positive turnout, the interest in well-being for leaders is readily apparent and with the proper training can be integrated into the workplace.

Anne Blenkinsopp

Reena ran some lunchtime sessions during an international conference, helping delegates to unwind and find some space and calm during a busy schedule. These sessions included participants from all over the world, and were very well run and received. I have no hesitation in recommending that you work with Reena.

Anne Blenkinsopp
H3 Consortium Manager Sheffield University

Ash Waldron

My 1:1 sessions with Reena have been really beneficial both for my practice and state of mind. Can’t recommend highly enough!

Ash Waldron
Business Development Manager, Octopus Investments

Fiona Proudlove

Reena not only teaches her clients but cares how they develop in their lives with the benefit of her Mindfulness teachings. Reena continues in her own personal development expanding her knowledge for the benefit of her clients

Fiona Proudlove
Former Senior Subcontract Manager, Thales UK

Hugh Humphreys

Reena worked in my team at Network Rail and probably has the best personal qualities of anyone I’ve met in terms of rising to challenges, getting things done and applying thought to achieve the best outcomes. I’d recommend her without question.

Hugh Humphreys
Risk Consultant EDF

Paula Reed

Just a short note to say thank you very much for coming to talk to us last night. The talk was very interesting, motivating, and inspiring. I do hope that you might consider coming back to talk to us again in the future.

Paula Reed
CEO Reed Wellbeing, Author Onion Therapy

Jon Frost

Reena’s passion and knowledge for the subject make the lessons absorbing and enjoyable and have helped to make yoga and meditation a vital part of my lifestyle.

Jon Frost
Fundraising Manager, British Heart Foundation

Karen Wrighton

The small group was perfect for beginners and Reena made you feel at ease and spent time with you to explain the benefits. Reena is an extremely good teacher and combines her classes to include breathing exercises and chanting which adds to the relaxed feel.

Karen Wrighton
Account Director, Paragon CC