Faith Holloway is the Compassionate Employers Programme Lead at Hospice UK and will be speaking about grief in the workplace at our Wellbeing at Work UK Summit on 20-22 September and we wanted to get her thoughts on grief before she takes to the virtual stage.
We are thrilled that you will be speaking at our Wellbeing at Work UK Summit in September. Our first and most important question is, how are you doing today?
Still recovering from the heat – but otherwise can’t complain!
As a leader based in the region, what are the main challenges your you are facing when it comes to employee wellbeing?
Communication. How to ensure employees know about the support available before then need it, and then when they do can find it quickly and easily. How to raise awareness levels without a million emails or using ‘spammy’ tactics.
What strategies have you seen developing in the UK over the past 6-12 months post pandemic to address health and wellbeing in the workplace?
Much more openness to flexible working which is a huge shift for most people but especially carers. Strategies that are far more data-driven and based on staff input. Going above
Why is employee wellbeing so important to you personally?
For so many of work is a major part of our lives, identity, passions, values… separating ourselves from our work is difficult. Being there for your employees and supporting them through life changes has an undeniable business case, but it’s also ethical and now very much expected.
What are you most looking forward to about the Summit in September?
Networking, knowledge sharing and discovering innovative practices of my fellow wellbeing professionals.
Tell us, what is your vision for the workplace of the future, in terms of employee engagement, health and wellbeing?
Workplaces that lean in to difficult conversations rather than shy away from them. Workplaces that truly know their employees and what they need individually. A culture of compassion being the norm, rather than something only progressive leaders model.
What areas do you think employers should be focused on over the next 12-18 months?
Compassionate leadership. Strong policies. Culture and communication. Financial wellbeing.
How has your organisation been leading the way?
At Compassionate Employers we push our organisations to go above and beyond the ordinary when it comes to wellbeing, specifically for those grieving, caring or facing a terminal diagnosis. This means offering more paid leave than the legal requirement (which is zero), requiring flexible working, training staff and having an open compassionate culture. We also use technology innovatively, introducing e-learning tools to practice bereavement conversations with colleagues. We partner and collaborate with experts in wellbeing, and continuously get feedback from our clients employees to ensure we’re ahead of the curve in terms of employee needs.
Join us at the Wellbeing at Work UK Summit between 20-22 September 2022 in London, Manchester and virtually and hear from Faith and over 60 expert speakers from across the world. Further details here.