Last reviewed 19 July 2021

Business in the Community (BITC) has collaborated with senior business leaders to produce a report which asks the question “What if your job was good for you?”.

Identifying how employers can take action to transform wellbeing at work, and available at https://www.bitc.org.uk/report/what-if-your-job-was-good-for-you, the report sets out how business leaders can create an environment in which employees feel supported to do their best work.

It argues for two ways that employers can build on lessons learnt from the pandemic:

  • treat mental health and safety with the same importance as physical health and safety

  • collaborate with colleagues to enable employees to create their own “good jobs” within organisational parameters.

BITC Chairman of the Wellbeing Leadership Team, David Oldfield, said: “Overnight, the pandemic changed the nature and place of work for many of us and we now have a once in a lifetime opportunity to re-imagine ways of working and transform mental health and wellbeing at work. Working from home, and hybrid working, have created opportunities for taking a more inclusive and individual approach that enables people to co-create their own “good jobs.”

The report is based on data taken from nine case studies with members of BITC’s wellbeing, gender and race equality leadership teams, as well as the Thriving at Work Leadership Council and national stakeholders including the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD), Mental Health UK, Mind and the Society of Occupational Medicine.

CIPD chief executive, Peter Cheese, said: “We’re proud to support this important new report from Business in the Community which highlights the need for employers to take a strategic and integrated approach to workplace wellbeing in all its forms”.

Comment from Kayleigh Frost, Head of Clinical Support at Health Assured

This report emphasises the importance of putting staff mental health at the forefront of workplace operations which some employers will already be doing — especially as the coronavirus has had a negative impact on mental health for a lot of employees.

Keeping this practice going, or implementing it, can result in numerous benefits for a company when it comes to employee morale and performance. This can, in turn, benefit employers’ businesses during these trying times.