Health and Wellbeing at Work Week

Last Week our Work Ready Coordinator Emma was at the Health and Wellbeing at work conference, along with our Work Ready Dietitian Sue Baic who delivered a webinar on home working. 

The conference was  really interesting with a huge range of topics covered. It was  interesting to see how the COVID 19 pandemic had affected workplace health approaches with lots of content around home working, stress and anxiety management, eating habit changes, Vitamin D, fatigue and productivity all featuring forefront.

The virtual delivery worked well with pre-recorded presentations but Live Q & As. I really enjoyed delivering that way.

The conference gave the BDA Work Ready team lots of food for thought and ideas as to how we as a team can link in with current workplace health concerns. 

Sue Baic

A lot of the content was centred around how we’ve all adapted to work, during and post COVID. Professor Dame Carol Black DBE outlined some key areas of change to the Work Landscape during COVID and beyond, some of the highlights are outlined below.

Work Landscape

Unemployment is at its highest since 2016 and there are greater gaps in equality including:

  • women – burden of caring and home schooling has fallen mainly on women 

Choosing the right food and drink can help women to manage their changing life stages as well as helping to promote long term health. Work Ready have a workshop – now delivered as an online webinar – and fact sheets focusing on women’s health and nutrition.  And also check out our Managing Menopause at work article.

  • Black (4x) asian (3x) more likely to have become unemployed
  • The young more likely to be furloughed, lose their jobs or experience loss of pay
  • More people taking on part time or temporary roles.

The workforce is ageing as workers stay on longer, smaller cohorts of young people are entering work and often later. The benefits of older workers include; experience, and passing on knowledge which boosts productivity overall.

To ensure a diverse age workforce employers must

  • Attract and retain talent at all ages
  • Develop and maintain skills throughout careers
  • Ensure a good work environment and health lifestyle 

Work Ready has a webinar that shows how diet can influence positive ageing for healthier, longer working lives.

Front line workers have been at increased health risk and more prone to physical and mental burn out. It’s important that workers are able to maintain hydration levels which can be particularly challenging for those who have to wear face coverings and other PPE for long periods of time. We have some Hydration Tips posters for those who wear PPE (available in English and Welsh).

Home Working

It’s no surprise that the level of home working has increased exponentially and it looks like it is probably here to stay, or at least become a hybrid way of working in the future. 

Diet and exercise are on the wane with one fifth (20 per cent) of respondents admitting to an increase in alcohol consumption, while a third (33 per cent) are eating a less healthy diet, and over half (60 per cent) acknowledging that they are exercising less.” 
Bevan S, Mason B, Bajorek Z |   | Institute for Employment Studies (IES) | Apr 2020

IES Study January 2021 recommended that Employers: 

Focus on Wellbeing Intervention and practical adjustments that remove burden, ease intensity and promote home-work balance.

Sue Baic delivered a session for Work Ready on how to support nutrition and wellbeing in homeworkers, including tips and information employees can put into practice. 

If you or your organisation are interested in any of the resources mentioned or would like any further information about how Work Ready can help, please get in touch

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