IES HR Directors' Retreat Part 2: Making Health & Wellbeing a Strategic PriorityWed 03 Mar 2021 09:30 to Wed 03 Mar 2021 11:45
For many organisations the Covid-19 pandemic has elevated employee health & wellbeing to the top of the Boardroom agenda. For many it has become a business continuity issue and for others it has exposed their vulnerability to high rates of ill-health and sickness absence. So, does this mean that wellbeing at work will remain a strategic priority after the pandemic (and, if so, what will this look like?), or will we return to piecemeal, under-resourced fruit & Pilates approaches?
This event for senior HR leaders in the IES Network is a chance to reflect on:
■ What have we learned about promoting health & wellbeing at work during the last year?
■ If working from home or ‘hybrid’ working is to become a more permanent feature of working life, what should organisations do to discharge their legal duty of care, to manage absence, to make workplace adjustments and manage rehabilitation?
■ Has the way that we make the ‘business case’ for wellbeing changed and are sceptical Board members more likely to be persuaded that they should invest in more resources?
■ What should the role of line managers be in promoting wellbeing at work? What skills will they need and how do we support them better to play a more active role?
In line with the design of previously face-to-face Retreat events, delegates will have plenty of opportunity for conversation and the sharing of their own experiences and ideas.
They will be stimulated by inputs on two main topics:
How has the strategic business case for wellbeing changed in the last year?
Prof Gail Kinman, Birkbeck College, London University & Stephen Bevan, IES
Making the case for wellbeing to a sceptical Board
Wendy Cartwright, former HR Director, Olympic Delivery Authority
9:35: Strategic Business Case for Wellbeing
9:55: Small group discussions
10:15: Coffee break
10:25: Observations from discussions
10:45: Making the business case to a sceptical board
11:30: Observations and summary from Chair