Most of us spend more time at work than we do with our friends and families. Ensuring that the workplace is somewhere you can bring your whole self to work is incredibly important for our wellbeing.
In the 2015 NHS staff survey nearly 40% of staff reported feeling unwell due to work-related stress. This suggests that staff are not able to bring their best to work and deliver high quality patient care. In fact, in the same survey 41 % of staff would not recommend their trust as a place to work and 31% did not feel they would recommend their organisation to a friend or relative as a place to receive treatment.
These are stark figures, particularly when staff wellbeing in the NHS is proven to have an impact on patient mortality rates and patient care. The Royal College of Physicians published at report in October 2015 stressing the need to improve work and wellbeing for NHS staff to keep patients safe. Proving that in the NHS happy staff really is a matter of life and death!
I’m passionate about the need to create organisations that enable people to flourish. I am not particularly keen on the phrase ‘staff engagement’ as I think it’s more about building organisations that people are proud to work at and can bring all of themselves to work.
On Monday 30 January 2017 at 10am I’m presenting a free live webinar on the topic of engaging staff in change. I’ll be talking a bit about how we’ve been working hard to really make Guy’s and St Thomas’ an organisation that staff are proud to work for and recommend to their friends and family to receive treatment.
If you’re passionate about bringing more love into the workplace, have any questions or your own approaches to share then on the webinar, you can still register here. It would be great to see you.
About the author
Sarah Morgan is the Director of Organisational Development for Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust and the lead for staff engagement and leadership for the Trust.
Sarah’s eight part blog series on ‘How to get more love into the Workplace’ was nominated for a UK Blog Award – healthcare in 2016