Health and Wellbeing Check-Ins
We open with health and wellbeing check-ins for a reason – they’re a compulsory chat for all manaagers to have with those they manage at least annually, so they’re worth being aware of.
Put simply, check-ins should be relatively informal conversations where a colleague’s health and wellbeing needs are discussed. The ultimate idea of a check-in is for you to be able to get a better picture of a staff member’s challenges – and begin to form a picture of the kind of support that they may benefit from.
Far from being asked to solve the problem, check-ins are designed as a signposting opportunity. Through open discussion with your colleagues in a more relaxed environment, it is hoped you’ll be able to understand what support to keep an eye out for. You might even go out of your way to browse this website or get in touch with the Occupational Health and Wellbeing Team to request or enquire about what kind of support may be available for a colleague you manage.
All colleagues are asked if they have had a check-in in the last 12 months, with only 55% of colleagues saying that they had a conversation about their health and wellbeing in the previous year.
And while all managers must conduct a check-in annually, we’re of the belief that a ‘little and often’ approach is more effective, more genuine and more supportive. It’s also advised finding a more relaxed environment, so you’re free to have a chat over a cuppa, a walk or otherwise.
You can always find more guidance about check-ins on our dedicated page, or contact us via [email protected] with any questions.