Fylde Rugby Community Foundation Lead The Way in Championing Employee Health

Employees at one of the country’s leading rugby community foundations have committed their support to the health and wellbeing of employees by being the first rugby-based organisation in Lancashire to have their own ‘workplace health champions’.

Across February, five members of the team completed the level 3 European Union funded course with Business Health Matters. Delivered locally by Fylde Council, the course empowers employees in Lancashire-based businesses with the skills and knowledge to improve workplace wellbeing including topics on nutrition and mental health, and ways to increase physical activity levels during the working day.

Speaking about the training, Fylde Rugby Community Foundation Manager Phill Mills explained: “As a team that is constantly out and about working across the Fylde coast, we wanted to find ways to bring colleagues together whilst also looking after themselves and improving their own health and wellbeing. The training was delivered in a way that worked for us at the club and has given us tangible ways to embed more healthy practices into our own working days. As we bring the team close together and increase the opportunities for collaborative working in the ways we have planned, we know this will result in increased productivity and success for the organisation.”

Sarah Salthouse, the lead for Business Health Matters at Fylde Council added: “It’s fantastic to get the foundation on board here in Fylde, adding to our growing number of Workplace Health Champions across the area. The team at The Fylde Rugby Community Foundation are working across the district to get more people active and playing rugby across all ages but they also recognise that their own health and wellbeing is just as important so they can continue to do a great job across their many programmes.”

“Developing self-care is a really important message within the training and is it great to hear that Phill will empower his colleagues in his role, as well as using what he has learnt to improving his own wellbeing. This outcome of the training is crucial for sustaining the longer-term positive behaviour change we need to see from workplaces across the county.”

European Social Fund support for both the Level 2 and Level 3 training ends in December 2023 and business are encouraged to reserve their place by registering at www.businesshealthmatters.org.uk or calling 01772 299838.

Investing in Health: Making Workplace Wellness a Priority for the New Financial Year

In the rush to meet financial targets, it can be easy to overlook the importance of investing in workplace wellness. But all the evidence shows that employees who are healthy and happy are more productive and engaged. So, when you’re thinking about spending budgets for the new financial year, investing in physical and mental wellness should be an integral part of your business strategy.

Start with Mental Health Support

The body goes where the mind leads, and it’s no secret that mental health issues are on the rise among workers of all ages and backgrounds. So, if you want to invest in workplace wellness, start by offering mental health support services. This could mean providing access to counsellors or therapists for employees who need help managing stress or anxiety. You may also want to offer educational resources on topics like mindfulness, self-care, and resilience so that your team can better manage their own mental health.

An excellent boost for every business is to create their own health champions. Up until December 2023, Business Health Matters is providing fully-funded Workplace Health Champion Training to businesses across the county, with flexible Level 2 and Level 3 options available.

Encourage Physical Activity

Physical activity is another crucial component of workplace wellness. By encouraging your team members to look after their bodies and exercise regularly, you’ll create a healthier work environment overall. You can do this by making physical activity part of your daily routine. For instance, try introducing standing meetings or hosting walking lunches. Or provide gym memberships or other incentives for employees taking sports or fitness classes outside work hours.

Staying physically active not only benefits you while exercising but staying in shape can also have a drastic positive impact on your work life. By making physical activity a habit, you’ll notice that your energy levels will get an instant boost, and you’ll be ready to take on the challenges of each day.

Exercise has been shown to have direct and indirect connections to improved performance in the workplace. For example, doing workouts such as running, biking, or even yoga increases your stamina and resilience by raising your heart rate and cranking up your circulation. As a result, oxygen-rich blood flows to the brain, which helps you become more alert and focused during work hours. Exercise also alleviates stress and anxiety, leaving us feeling calmer and more good-natured about our daily goals at work. So, encouraging your team to become more physically active is a win-win for everyone!

Create a Positive Work Environment

Finally, remember that workplace wellness isn’t just about physical and mental health. It’s also about creating a positive work environment where everyone feels valued and appreciated. Ensure your team has access to the resources they need to succeed in their roles. Don’t forget to provide regular feedback, so everyone knows how much their contributions are valued. And create opportunities for collaboration and communication between colleagues across different departments. All these steps will ensure that everyone feels supported at work which is essential for your team’s ongoing success.

In Short

Investing in workplace wellness should be one of your top priorities heading into the new financial year. By offering mental health support services such as counselling or therapy sessions, encouraging physical activity through incentives like gym memberships, and creating a positive work environment where everyone feels supported and valued, you’re giving yourself and your team the best chance of success now and for the long term.

Business Health Matters provide a range of programmes for workplace wellbeing. To learn more, click here.