Good training key to workplace wellbeing says Dame Carol Black

More than 40 local business representatives attended a presentation on workplace wellbeing by Dame Carol Black on Friday 1 July in Cambridge. The event, Better Workplaces = Better Financial Results was organised by Price Bailey Legal Services.

During the afternoon event in Cambridge, business representatives examined how improving workplace wellbeing can ultimately improve the bottom line of any business by reducing sickness absence and staff turnover, for example, whilst boosting productivity. In addition to Dame Carol, the event included a case study from Hannah Roman, People Services Manager within ARM Ltd, who described how the tech company has implemented wellbeing initiatives for its employees.

Dame Carol said: “Key features common to organisations which have improved health, wellbeing, resilience and engagement of staff include accountable trained managers who empower staff and enable engagement” she continued “this is evidence that resources should first be focused on training line managers rather than just introducing wellbeing schemes such as providing fruit or implementing cycle to work schemes.”

“Dame Carol is a renowned expert on the subject of workplace wellbeing, being an Expert Adviser on Health and Work to NHS England and Public Health England, amongst other roles. Dame Carol is an inspiration and very knowledgeable in workplace wellbeing so we were very privileged that she agreed to join our event.” said Anna Harvey, Senior Employment Lawyer.

“At Price Bailey we are passionate about workplace wellbeing and the benefits it can bring to businesses. We believe that developing clear and tailored strategies to empower individuals to improve their wellbeing will benefit an organisation’s wellbeing, such as profitability! As Dame Carol said, this is not ‘soft and fluffy’ concept and is fundamental to the ongoing prosperity of organisations” said Senior Employment Lawyer Vikki Pratley.