Course overview

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A healthy, happy workplace is good for business and for staff. Studies have shown that the benefits can be seen in the bottom line, as well as in absence rates, staff turnover and employee engagement.

But in busy workplaces and demanding roles, we can easily lose sight of our own wellbeing – and that of others – in the race to meet client deadlines and achieve targets. And when pressure tips over into stress, both our immediate and long-term wellbeing and productivity will suffer.

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This workshop provides managers with the knowledge they need to monitor wellbeing in their teams and themselves more effectively, and to recognise and respond to the warning signs of stress as early as possible.

Based in the real-world rather than the ideal world, it focuses on practical ways to build physical and emotional wellbeing, and provides a toolkit of healthy habits and useful techniques to help boost physical and emotional wellbeing both inside and outside work.


Course details

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After attending this course delegates will…

  • Understand what we mean by wellbeing and work-life balance, and how this influences performance and engagement at work
  • Understand the five key areas of wellbeing and how they are interconnected
  • Know how to manage energy levels throughout the day and week to build physical wellbeing
  • Be able to identify and use a range of tools and techniques to support emotional wellbeing
  • Understand how thought patterns, perception and beliefs affect our emotions, and learn techniques to manage these more effectively
  • Know ways to increase influence and control at work and home to become ‘stress resilient’ rather than ‘stressed out’
  • Understand how to build effective, supportive relationships within their team
  • Know how to increase wellbeing across the team
  • Have a better understanding of what gives team members energy and satisfaction at work
  • Create a personalised action plan with practical steps to take to improve personal and team wellbeing and work-life balance

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1. Introduction to wellbeing
What do we mean by wellbeing and work-life balance?
The five key factors involved in wellbeing

2. Your own wellbeing
Assess your personal wellbeing using an assessment used by psychologists
Recognising signs of wellbeing, pressure and stress in yourself and your colleagues
Circle of control – identifying what you can control / influence and what you can’t
The value of social relationships, at home and work

3. Managing physical wellbeing during the working day and week
The difference between ‘managing time’ and ‘managing energy’
Managing physical energy and recharging during the busy, working day
Quick recap on the role of food, hydration, rest and movement
Identifying practical, realistic steps you and your team can take to improve your physical health and wellbeing

4. Wellbeing in your team
The link between employee engagement and wellbeing
Ways to increase engagement at work
Building effective relationships at work
Increase the amount of influence and control team members have at work to make the most of their time

5. Building emotional wellbeing – dealing with pressure and overcoming setbacks
Improving and maintaining our mental health
Managing your emotional response under pressure
Learning to ‘respond’ rather than ‘react’
Reframing – identifying thinking patterns to deal with setbacks positively:
ABC thinking
Multiple perspectives
Identify your ‘scripts’ and perceptions and chose what perspective to take
Become ‘stress resilient’ rather than ‘stressed out’

6. Enhancing work-life balance
Managing wellbeing and making the most of your time – switching off and recharging
Being more mindful – at both work and home
Achieving a realistic work-life balance – what can you do and how can you help others?

7. Action planning
Create a practical, realistic, personalised action plan for yourself and your team

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Course leader

Kate Jennings is a highly experienced leadership development consultant and coach, as well as a qualified counsellor. She has facilitated large-scale development programmes for a wide range of local and national organisations.

Kate’s background is in the food industry, where for many years she led teams working with clients such as M&S, Tesco, Sainsbury’s and Waitrose. Building on this experience she has spent 15 years working with executives and staff teams for some of the UK’s most well-known organisations. Kate works across private, public and voluntary sectors, with clients in the UK, Europe and USA.

Track record

“Kate has been superb in her contact with us and personalisation of the course content including work specific role plays to meet our needs from start to finish… A course and trainer I would highly recommend.”
L&D Specialist, Northern Gas

“Wonderful day. Filled me with positive energy and feeling very motivated at a much needed time.”
Delegate, John Lewis Partnership

“Great learning experience, but more importantly, I feel I can use what I’ve learnt in everyday life – work, home and personal.”
Marketing Manager, Life Fitness

“Very engaging and interactive. Kate was superb.”
Director, Advertising Standards Agency

“I am noticeably more confident and self-aware since I took part on the course and feel empowered to develop my career in a way that plays to my strengths.”
Scientist, British Antarctic Survey

Additional learning resources

Post-course support

We understand that your professional development doesn’t end when you walk out of the classroom. The time you’ve put in will only make a real impact if your learning is carried into the way you work. That’s why we offer post-course support in implementing your new skills, for as long as required. Your trainer is available to discuss problems, provide advice or offer feedback until you feel confident on your own.

E-learning package

This course also includes access to an ‘e-learning pinboard’, a password protected webpage where your trainer has posted articles, videos, interviews and other useful tools around wellbeing at work for you to draw on for inspiration and ideas going forward.

Find out more or book an in-house course

If you have any questions or if you would like to speak to Kate or one of our other trainers about how this course could work for your organisation please get in touch. We can deliver the course at your offices, anywhere in the UK – and beyond.

In most cases we can provide an all-inclusive quote to cover design, delivery and materials with some basic information:

  • Which course you are interested in
  • Where the course would take place
  • How many delegates need to be trained

Just drop us a line with these basic facts and we’ll get back to you with a no-obligation quote on the same day.

Cambridge Executive Development is a boutique learning consultancy with a small and select team specialising in management and communication skills training. Over fifteen years we’ve helped delegates from hundreds of companies, including many of the country’s biggest brands, boost their productivity and confidence, and transform their impact at work.