9. Health and wellbeing programmes

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Looking after the health and wellbeing of your employees is critical to the success of your school. Employees who are looked after are more likely to go over and above what they are required to do, and staff morale should be higher. 

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Your responsibilities as a board

The Health and Safety at Work Act makes the health and safety of workers and workplaces a priority. As an employer, it is the board's role to ensure there are health and wellbeing programmes that are available to your employees.

Leadership

"Safety and security don't just happen, they are the result of collective consensus and public investment. We owe our children, the most vulnerable citizens in our society, a life free of violence and fear."

- Nelson Mandela

Why

Why have health and wellbeing programmes?

Health at work is not just about people being physically well. Research confirms that physical, social and psychological well-being are closely interlinked, and that sickness absence is often a symptom of work stress and low engagement. If workers are physically and emotionally healthy, they are more likely to contribute fully at work and in the broader community.

 

What

What are health and wellbeing programmes?

Health and wellbeing programmes aim to improve the health of workers and their families while reducing health-related costs to the school. Many workplaces implement comprehensive health and wellbeing programmes that encourage workers to focus on key health behaviours such as increasing physical activity, improving eating habits, reducing stress, and ceasing tobacco use. The rationale behind health and wellbeing programmes is that encouraging healthy habits now can prevent or lower the risk of serious health conditions later. Similarly, adopting these same habits can help workers manage an existing health condition.

 

Benefits

What are the benefits to your school?

Health and wellbeing programmes have significant benefits for the board, the school, and the students.

Your employees will be more engaged, with increased levels of energy and morale – leading to increased job satisfaction.

From an employment perspective, you’ll have a happier more resilient workplace, have increased worker performance. It can also lead to reduced absenteeism, lower sick leave and increased worker performance.

The above has a positive flow-on effect to the success of students at your school. Students will receive consistency of teaching staff, have teachers who are more engaged with their learning and form stronger relationships with their teachers.

 


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