All people professionals have a role to play in supporting the wellbeing of themselves and others, and you will see standards on wellbeing integrated into the Core knowledge areas and Core behaviours of the Profession Map. However, some people professionals take a lead role in wellbeing in their organisation, so this area is for those specialists who lead, manage and deliver wellbeing strategy.

Fostering employee wellbeing is good for people and the organisation. It can prevent stress, and help create positive working environments that can enable employee engagement and organisational performance. As a people professional who leads on or supports wellbeing, you’ll need to understand the things in your organisation that impact the wellbeing of the workforce. This includes the more basic elements of the organisation (such as relationships and the working environment) but also the wider organisation system, such as culture, resources, the organisation’s approach to EDI, and the way work is designed.

Creating a holistic wellbeing strategy and offering is important in meeting the needs of your whole workforce and enabling them to be at their best, and as people professionals, you’ll need to be working with and using subject matter experts to support this (such as occupational health, the OD team, health and safety etc). Using data to measure the impact of the strategy is also critical, as it will drive further more investment into wellbeing, and give further insight into how to balance the value of wellbeing with business needs.