There is a legal, moral and business case for you to focus on this important area of staff wellbeing.
The Legal Case
The Health and Safety Executive Northern Ireland clearly set out the requirement for management standards to be in place for managing workplace stress and staff wellbeing. Failure to have these standards in place can lead to enforcement action.
There have not yet been examples of action being taken and the desire to improve staff wellbeing shouldn’t be driven by the legal case, but rather from the moral and business one.
The Moral Case
Everyone has the right to a positive working environment, and to be a staff member of a school that encourages appropriate behaviours, and that supports them to have an enjoyable and fulfilling job and one that is balanced with a home life.
Taking steps to involve people in decisions that affect them, helping make sure workload is manageable and building a culture where people can thrive is important, even in the challenging environment in which we all work.
The Business Case
The evidence that improved wellbeing leads to improved performance and results is strong. 97% of senior leaders across all sectors in the UK accept this, even though only 26% then see it as a priority and just 8% develop a strategy!
In education there has been limited research, with the biggest study being ‘A research study into the links between staff wellbeing and school performance’ by Professor Rob Briner and Dr Chris Dewberry, Department of Organisational Psychology, Birkbeck College, University of London, in partnership with Worklife Support. Among other things this showed a statistically significant link between teacher wellbeing and exam performance.
Where there has been substantial research is in the health service, with studies showing a clear link between staff wellbeing and patient care and mortality. You can see more of this evidence here »
In addition, with the average absence of a staff member being between 8 and 9 days each year, there is significant opportunity to reduce this and the costs associated with it, as well as its impact on student performance and results.
If you want to learn more about the risks and benefits of taking action then please do look round the website or you can get in touch with us here.