HR managers and wellbeing professionals are well acquainted with tight budgets – but promoting wellbeing doesn’t need to be an expensive and arduous task. Becky Thoseby discusses her experience with initiate cost-effective and engaging wellbeing programmes
What will you be addressing the Wellbeing in the Workplace audience about, and why?
I’ll be talking about how to deliver a wellbeing programme on a budget, because I know this is an issue that many of my wellbeing colleagues are grappling with.
Why is it important for SMEs in particular to hear this?
Many SMEs won’t have someone full time leading on wellbeing, let alone a dedicated budget. I hope that by sharing my experience and lessons learned, they will be able to see it’s possible to deliver excellence in wellbeing with little or no money.
In your experience how can HR professionals with a tight budget deliver effective wellbeing programmes?
I’ll be sharing with delegates a three strand approach based on my own experience.
1. What can you do yourself?
2. What can others do for you?
3. What other budgets can you use?
What’s your involvement/experience in this area?
I’ve been in this role, a newly created role, since April 2017 and have driven forward the wellbeing agenda in DfT without my own budget. I’ve put in place some new initiatives and the day of the event is also the first day of Wellbeing Week at DfT, which I’ve delivered without any budget and will be sharing with delegates as a case study.
Why is it important to you to get this message across at Wellbeing in the Workplace?
I know from experience that leading on Wellbeing, particularly on a tight budget, can be a daunting and isolating place to be, as well as being exhilarating and rewarding. I want my Wellbeing colleagues to know they aren’t alone and that there are others out there facing the same challenges. And if they feel discouraged from time to time, they can take heart knowing it is possible to achieve good things on a tight budget.