Is it Possible to Implement an Evidence-Based Approach to Wellbeing?

Is it Possible to Implement an Evidence-Based Approach to Wellbeing?

In a recent article titled “Implementing an evidence-based approach to wellbeing”, the author, Nick Pahl, points to a recent event run by the Society of Occupational Medicine (SOM), the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development and the British Psychological Society, which examined how we can work together to better understand “wellbeing” and how we might be able to make a real difference in the lives of employees.

The author references professor Ivan Robertson, founder of Robertson Cooper, a group of organizational psychologists, who believes that we can practice wellbeing to create better physical health, reduce illness, injury and even death rates. He points to job demands, control (control over working hours etc.), a sense of achievement, and support as key indicators when looking at overall psychological health.

The author mentions that although there are powerful practices that can be implemented to achieve higher levels of wellbeing among employees, for example, practicing mindfulness, implementing well-being e-learning and mental health first aid training, using transformational leadership styles, flexible working hours etc, there needs to be evidence to back up these practices. The SOM is focusing on this, specifically, to ensure that wellbeing interventions are evidence based. But, how can this be implemented?

Several case studies were reviewed in the article, and the author hints that the solution is never clear from the beginning. A Strategic approach is needed to address wellbeing on an individual level, and implementing programs and metrics covering job demands, control, a sense of achievement, and support, is a great start. This will ensure that your employees have the support they need to address their individual struggles/needs.

To learn more about Mental Health in the Workplace, check out our upcoming Mental Health and Return to Work Workshop, happening September 24th and 25th, 2019 in Mississauga. Registration closes soon, so book your spot now before it’s too late!

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Examples of Poor Mental Health:

  • Being stressed or overwhelmed – could be caused by work, relationships, school, finances, etc.
  • Feeling sad over a loss
  • Feeling anxious due to an obligation such as a test, an important meeting, or event
  • Feelings of being unfulfilled due to a lack of self-care
  • Experiencing compassion fatigue or burnout

What can you do as an Employer?

  • Ensure that you have audited your workplace for psychological risk factors
  • Consider psychological health when planning workplace supports and programs
  • Train your managers on ways to support employee mental health
  • Provide employees with training and support for mental health resilience
  • As a leader in your workplace, model healthy workplace behaviours for mental health

How can we Take Care of Our Mental Health?

  • Practice gratitude – focus on the things in your life that you are grateful for
  • Practice mindfulness – try grounding techniques and being present in the moment
  • Take time for things that matter to you – hobbies, reading, getting out in nature, etc.
  • Engage in social interactions – laughing with friends and spending time with loved ones
  • Participate in physical resiliency activities such as exercise, sports, or going for walks

How can Gowan Consulting Help?

Gowan Consulting has many resources for assisting with managing mental health in the workplace. We’re in a new era of inspiring positive change surrounding mental health in the workplace, and we want to talk about it, understand it, and be open about it!

Gowan Consulting can assist with auditing for risks and implementing the psychological health and safety in the workplace standards. Our Occupational Therapists can provide training to your managers on supporting mental health in the workplace and provide training for employees on mental health resiliency.

Seek out Occupational Therapy intervention to assist in facilitating a reactivation program, a return to work and stay at work plan.

For more on all we have to offer, contact us! We want to help make the difference in your healthy business!

Works cited:

Implementing an evidence-based approach to wellbeing, by Nick Pahl, 2019

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