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October 25th 2017

Is your business getting a free performance increase?

Simon Brodie from Circle of Trust Therapy provides some interesting "workplace wellbeing" insights in this guest blog.

A study has shown that FTSE 100 companies that prioritise employee engagement and well-being outperform the rest of the FTSE 100 by 10%. Are you getting that 10% performance increase? If not here are some ideas of how you could...


  1. Ensure that your business values every employee (and lets them know it), provides job security, listens to ideas your people have, manages talent and expectations, and has a culture which promotes mutual trust and respect at all levels.

  2. Ensure that you engage well both inside and outside the workplace. Speak to people (staff, suppliers and customers), don't just email them. Make sure the management team is out there engaging face-to-face, and involve staff in some of these meetings so they have a greater understanding of the business.

  3. Have a health and well-being policy. Actively manage sickness and absenteeism (rather than just let it happen). Look out for your people. Provide staff with the tools and understanding to support their own physical and mental health.

  4. Adopt a zero tolerance approach to bullying and harassment that is visibly led by management example, and where everyone feels safe and free to report problems.


  1. Take a couple of short breaks during the day and get out and about, especially if you are office staff. Go for a walk, get some fresh air, read. Get away from the computer.

  2. Don't eat at your desk or grab a bite of a sandwich between bouts of working. Stop! Clean up. Take a short break and eat lunch. If the weather is nice, go and eat outside.

  3. Be aware of those around you. When a work colleague seems 'off' check they are okay. You probably already know who is struggling in the workplace and who might benefit from some support, we just don't like to talk about it...

  4. Be honest and look after yourself. Management are not mind readers and we hide it when we are struggling. If you need some support, ask for it. Some 'warning signs' include: struggling to sleep at night, losing your temper at work or at home, drinking to 'deal with things' etc. Look after yourself, you matter.

Research conducted by suggested that:

  • 21% of employees had called in sick to avoid work due to workplace stress.
  • 14% of staff had resigned and 42% had considered resigning, due to workplace stress.
  • 30% did not feel they could talk openly with their line manager if they felt stressed.
  • 56% of employers wanted to improve staff well-being but wanted training or guidance.

Do you want to be part of those statistics or do you want a chunk of that juicy 10% performance increase?

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