Promoting Wellbeing at Work

The application form covers six key aspects of work that, if well-managed, can promote wellbeing and reduce the risk of work-related stress. These are:

Work demands

Providing extra training and ongoing support for employees can lead to greater wellbeing and knowing that your team is there to support you is key. The practice of personal ‘goal setting’ has been strongly associated with a greater sense of wellbeing. In the veterinary context, the RCVS requirement for continuing professional development actively encourages veterinary nurses to develop their skills and knowledge on an ongoing basis.

Workload and work scheduling

Providing all employees with the opportunity for regular breaks has been shown to reduce stress, and supporting and encouraging a positive work-life balance is essential. For example, introducing flexible-working can make a significant difference.

Relationships at work

Organising shared breaks for colleagues has been shown to increase a sense of connection and wellbeing at work. Face-to-face interactions with colleagues tend to offer a deeper sense of connection with your team and your work than communicating over email or text. Putting an effective bullying and harassment policy in place, of which all employees are aware, leads to greater levels of wellbeing.

Career development

Induction support, supervision and regular appraisals all lead to increased positivity as colleagues feel nurtured within their roles. Providing training opportunities for employees can increase motivation.

Communication at work

Regular team meetings and updates help increase positive communication amongst employees. Providing all employees with the opportunity to comment on the way work is carried out leads to a greater sense of inclusion and wellbeing. Extending acts of kindness to fellow employees leads to feelings of contentment – research has shown that an act of kindness once a week over a six-week period leads to increased wellbeing!

Promoting physical and psychological health at work

Promoting healthy-eating and good hydration can assist in mental wellbeing for employees, as well as looking into stress-management initiatives. Keeping active during the day can also increase wellbeing, for example, encouraging group walks during lunch hours. This is also great for team bonding. Mindfulness and meditation at work is also an effective technique for increasing feelings of positivity and calm.

Each of these aspects of work is described in more detail in the application form, which will help you to identify examples of what your practice is doing to support wellbeing.

If you need any assistance or further information about entering the Vet Wellbeing Awards please contact:

Tel: 01453 872731