Eight elements of workplace wellbeing

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A successful health and wellbeing programme requires engagement, time and commitment. We have worked with our network of health and wellbeing leads across the NHS to identify the eight elements that are critical to delivering a robust and effective health and wellbeing offer for staff.  

The elements should not be focused on in isolation, but all need to be in place in order to ensure your wellbeing strategy is as effective as possible. Interventions without communication or leadership will not have the desired impact to help create a healthy culture in your organisation and ensure staff are fully supported. 

We've categorised the elements, the first four are key behaviours that need to be in place to ensure the other elements will be effective. The second are the actions that you need to take. The biggest impact is seen when the following eight are in place:

  Key behaviours         Actions 
 Leadership  Know your data
 Shared strategic vision  Prevention
 Engagement  Intervention
 Communication  Evaluate and act

Key behaviours

These key behaviours need to be in place in order to ensure the other elements will be effective. Often, they are either overlooked, missed or attempted in isolation. 



These elements are defined as actions that you should take and build into your health and wellbeing programme.

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