Workplace wellbeing is a major challenge for organisations. Even before the pandemic, work-related stress, anxiety and depression accounted for over half of all working days lost due to ill health in Britain.
Around £1.7b is lost in output and productivity (by employees in WM region) as a direct result of poor workplace wellbeing. (Thrive, WMCA)
Organisations that invest in employee health and wellbeing will see financial benefits: reduced sickness absence, lower staff turnover, better productivity and job satisfaction.
ARTWORKS for Wellbeing applies fresh-thinking to the health and well-being challenge. As a result, organisations will benefit from a cost-effective way of achieving a happier, more productive workforce.
“Art is something that makes you breathe with a different kind of happiness.”
3 STRATEGIES to support workplace wellbeing through art
to ensure a more prosperous future at all levels of the organisation
Workplace wellness can be supported in a number of different ways. Arts activities can be introduced at three levels: at a personal level to support individual happiness; at team level to support individuals and build stronger teams; at whole organisation level where the arts become part of an integrated approach to wellbeing. This last approach, maximises benefits and can be aligned to staff development requirements.
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CELEBRATING DIVERSE WORKFORCE
Improving workplace wellbeing: Just 45 minutes of making art at any skill level reduces stress hormones
Like having a gym membership for your physical health, regular creative arts activities do the same for your mental wellbeing. Whilst a single session of making art will relieve stress short-term, regular creative activities have long-term benefits. These benefits can be maximised through making art as a group guided by Art at the Heart CIC’s highly experienced artist educators. Your team will learn new skills and be part of a sociable community with shared interests. Additionally there are opportunities to volunteer at community arts and cultural events and festivals run by Art at the Heart, thereby improving wellbeing by “giving back” to the community.
“Being creative through art, even just for an hour a week on a regular basis, can help you to focus and create a sense of wellbeing, helping you perform better both in and out of work.”LT, Trading Analyst, regular creative workshop participant
All-Party Parliamentary Group on Arts, Health and Wellbeing, 2017