INSPIRED SESSIONS #1
Calibro x Inspire Partnership Launch Event – Enhancing Workplace Wellbeing
Last month, we officially launched our partnership with Inspire Wellbeing to offer our clients enhanced wellbeing solutions. The partnership was launched with an intimate opening event, the first in a series of ‘Inspired Sessions’ about enhancing the wellbeing of people at work.
A number of professionals joined us from various sectors of industry including tech, property, legal, financial research and industrial, to hear from a panel of experts on the topic, at MCS Group’s Townhall Space in The Ewart, Belfast.
Alex Bunting, Group Director of Therapeutic and Wellbeing Services at Inspire gave an overview on the state of wellbeing in the workplace, the challenges organisations face and the steps they can take to set and meet wellbeing objectives. Ruth Cunningham, Group Head of HR at MCS Group talked about improving employee engagement, expectations from candidates in today’s market and what wellbeing looks like at MCS Group including the implementation of their eight pillars of MCS Life programme encompassing: mental wellbeing, physical wellbeing, digital wellbeing, financial wellbeing, social wellbeing, community, EDI and sustainability. Our Managing Director Ronnie Crawford outlined the importance of prioritising employee wellbeing during the workplace design phase.
From the discussion, areas that came to light were catering for neurodiversity in the workplace, the importance of establishing a workplace wellbeing strategy – informed by actively listening to your employees and living your mission, vision and values as an organisation, ensuring organisations are not engaged in tokenism around the wellbeing of their staff (wellbeing washing).
Alex noted that many employers are implementing Employee Assistance Programmes (EAPs) to provide access to mental health support services for their staff as they recognise the barriers to accessing these services in Northern Ireland, due to extensive waitlists in the NHS for psychological support.
A key insight was the importance of having a wellbeing strategy in place that was implemented both from the top down, and the bottom up. For example, MCS Group have champions throughout their organisation for each of the pillars in their ‘MCS Life’ programme, many of whom are not on the management team or part of the HR function. This assists in not only sharing the workload of the programme, but in fostering employee engagement with the various initiatives they roll out and uptake in the services provided.
From a recruitment perspective, we heard that one of the first questions asked by candidates when looking for a new role is about the company’s culture. Followed by working patterns – i.e., does the company recruiting offer flexible/hybrid working and is work/life balance a priority. Sustainability was also a key concern, whilst salary and benefits were still quite high on the agenda for many unsurprisingly with increases in the cost of living.
Inspire Wellbeing provide support services for the education sector across the island of Ireland and they have observed that graduates now have a baseline expectation in relation to what services are provided by employers to support their wellbeing when they enter the workforce. Highlighting the growing need to prioritise employee wellbeing and continually evaluate your offering in conjunction with your team(s) to ensure they are being utilised and meeting the needs of your workforce. Executed authentically with intent, a wellbeing strategy can set you apart in a busy talent market.
The next instalment of the event series will take place in May 2024. To register your interest, complete our EOI form.