Workplace wellbeing in the spotlight in the North East thanks to new partnership
Workplace wellbeing has been given a boost at South Tyneside NHS Foundation Trust, thanks to an innovative new pilot study. Wellbeing Works/ DrummondHR – a wellbeing, performance and engagement consultancy firm – has been working alongside South Tyneside NHS Foundation Trust to deliver a range of workplace wellbeing initiatives.
The partnership was announced at the recent inaugural Wellbeing at Work forum, organised by the consultancy firm, at Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Services Headquarters in Washington. The event was attended by managing directors, HR directors and managers from public and private sector organisations from across the North East.
At the event, Ian Frame, executive director of personnel and development at South Tyneside NHS Foundation Trust and John Baines, assistant chief fire officer at Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service, presented on their recent work on staff wellbeing. They discussed the recent challenges and actions in relation to staff engagement, productivity and job satisfaction and the details of how they are approaching the challenge.
Wellbeing Works/ DrummondHR has been working with South Tyneside NHS Foundation Trust in the project’s initial stages. This involved conducting a staff survey using a wellbeing diagnostic survey tool created by Wellbeing Works/ DrummondHR, which predicts levels of absenteeism, productivity and staff engagement. In response, South Tyneside NHS Foundation Trust is implementing changes to the way managers lead, with staff wellbeing established as a priority in terms of how they make decisions.
Steve Williamson, chief executive at South Tyneside NHS Foundation Trust, commented: “In many organisations there is a tendency to concentrate on absenteeism in the workforce, but equally important is ensuring that staff are physically and psychologically well, as that is likely to both improve attendance rates and increase the level of engagement that employees have with their jobs and organisations.
“Our work with Wellbeing Works/ DrummondHR shows South Tyneside NHS Foundation Trust recognises the importance of staff wellbeing. In an environment where public sector organisations are now under more strain, wellbeing should be placed firmly in the spotlight.”
Hamish Moore, chief executive of Wellbeing Works/ DrummondHR commented: “Our work with South Tyneside NHS Foundation Trust is highly significant and we are excited to be launching this pilot study with the organisation.”
He added: “The outcome of these wellbeing initiatives correlate staff wellbeing with patient care – as staff wellbeing rises, research has proven that patient care improves. What is important to note is that wellbeing goes beyond just the concept of ‘wellness’ and healthy living but is a complex blend of the physical, psychological, social and relationship aspects of employees’ working lives. It includes factors such as their working environment and how they get on with their colleagues. Working with South Tyneside NHS Foundation Trust to improve these factors, will have a notable impact on the overall wellbeing of staff.”
Wellbeing Works/ DrummondHR works with a diverse range of organisations, across both the public and private sectors, each requiring bespoke consultancy and expertise. By forensically analysing workplaces and designing interventions it creates responsible and nurturing work environments that employees can thrive in. Its clients include Barts Health NHS Trust, British Engines, Legal and General and Newcastle City Council.
For more information, please visit www.well-being-works.co.uk