Hertfordshire Growth Hub
Return and Rebuild – Workplace Wellbeing
Business owners and employers are not immune to the stress and strain that many people have felt throughout the pandemic. In the past twelve months, they have experienced the additional pressures of ensuring that their workforce is supported to adapt to the changes, as well as having to rapidly change their business model to survive the temporary closures from three lockdowns and the difficult trading situations that restrictions have brought about.
To respond to this, we launched a Wellbeing and Resilience programme in November 2020 to support employers and business owners. Building on the excellent reception that the programme has received in its first five months, we are delighted to announce that the programme has been extended and will continue until September 2021 to support even more businesses.
How has this programme supported businesses?
Our ‘Wellbeing During Challenging Times’ events held earlier this year addressed three very important aspects of support; the importance of looking after your own wellbeing to be able to support others; how to hold difficult workplace conversations and where to access further specialist support. Underpinning these sessions was our ‘Wellbeing During Challenging Times’ Guide. The guide developed in partnership with Hertfordshire Behaviour Change Unit (BCU) at Hertfordshire County Council, and UCL Centre for Global Non-Communicable Diseases.
We also partnered with Hertfordshire Community Foundation (HCF) to deliver three webinars that highlighted the support available from local charities, social enterprises and community organisations around wellbeing and mental health. You can read more about these events and how to view the recordings here.
As businesses start to rebuild – the mental health of all employees should be a top priority
As we start to emerge from the pandemic, wellbeing and mental health concerns will only continue as employees start to return to the workplace after months of homeworking and as furloughed workers start to return to work. Many will be anxious about mixing with colleagues and customers again safely and some will have personal challenges to overcome brought about by illness or bereavement.
Our Wellbeing Project Coordinators are on hand to offer one-to-one guidance to business owners and employers who are perhaps re-opening their doors on the 12th of April or planning for the 17th of May restrictions to be lifted, or even for those that have been trading throughout the pandemic but would like some advice and support to address their workplace wellbeing concerns. They can also connect businesses through to our Growth Account Managers and the wider ecosystem of business support available in the County if appropriate.
How to access the support
This support is fully funded and available to any micro, small or medium sized business in Hertfordshire.
Register for free to gain immediate access to all the benefits and support available to your business, including our exclusive Knowledge Bank and online Marketplace where you’ll find more information about this programme.