Promoting wellbeing & mental health in your team

Available in-house, UK-wide

Learn how, as a manager, you can contribute to and support the wellbeing of your colleagues, building a happier, more engaged and more productive team.

Adapted to your group's needs and delivered at your offices.


About the course

Course overview

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Research consistently shows that wellbeing is one of the most important drivers of performance for both individuals and teams. Teams that report high emotional, physical and social wellbeing tend to be more engaged and more productive, as well as enjoying lower rates of absence and staff turnover.
Good management is one of the most important factors shaping wellbeing within a team. A manager who is proactive in monitoring and protecting wellbeing and is seen as a source of support in difficult times can be the difference between a team that succesful and one that flounders.

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This workshop provides managers with the knowledge they need to monitor and support wellbeing in their teams more effectively, and to recognise and respond to the warning signs of poor mental health and stress if they arise.
Based on the latest research and years of real-world experience, the course focuses on pragmatic ways to build physical and emotional wellbeing, and to support a flourishing, supportive team culture. Delegates will leave equipped with a toolkit of healthy habits, practical techniques and powerful models that they can use to boost their team members’ 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 positive mental health and how they influence performance and engagement at work
  • Understand the five key areas of wellbeing and how they are interconnected
  • Feel comfortable with the language of mental health
  • Feel confident raising concerns with an employee about their wellbeing or mental health
  • Use a range of tools and techniques to support emotional wellbeing and mental health in themselves and their team
  • Identify how thought patterns, perception and beliefs affect our emotions, and learn techniques to manage these more effectively
  • Help their teams to increase their sense of perspective and pragmatism
  • Learn the importance of control to wellbeing, and discover ways to support their teams to increase their influence and control at work and home
  • Build effective, supportive relationships within their team
  • Increase wellbeing and engagement 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 and mental health

  • What do we mean by wellbeing, mental health and work-life balance?
  • The five key factors involved in wellbeing
  • Why is it important to talk about mental health at work?
  • The benefit of wellbeing on the bottom line

2. Becoming aware of wellbeing

  • Measure your personal wellbeing across five domains with an assessment tool used by psychologists
  • Recognising signs of low wellbeing, pressure, stress and mental ill-health in yourself and others
  • Circle of control – identifying what can be controlled / influenced and what can’t

3. Starting the conversation with an employee about wellbeing and mental health

  • Spotting the signs and symptoms in others
  • Talking to staff about these issues in a natural way
  • Overcoming stigma and taboo by changing the language of mental health’
  • Understanding the boundaries of your role
  • Where to signpost and what to do next

4. Improving wellbeing in your team

Part 1: Engagement, relationships and wellbeing

  • The link between employee engagement and wellbeing
  • Ways to increase engagement and wellbeing at work
  • Building effective relationships at work
  • Increasing the amount of influence and control team members have at work to make the most of their time
  • The value of social relationships, at home and work

Part 2: Understanding emotional wellbeing – tools for helping colleague cope with pressure and setbacks

  • How to manage emotional responses under pressure
  • Learning how to ‘respond’ rather than ‘react’
  • Reframing – identifying thinking patterns to deal with setbacks positively:
    • ABC thinking
    • Multiple perspectives
  • Developing perspective and pragmatism
  • Becoming ‘stress resilient’ rather than ‘stressed out’

Part 3: Supporting 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 physical health and wellbeing

Part 4: Achieving a healthy work-life balance

  • Supporting wellbeing by enabling your team members to make the most of their time – switching off and recharging
  • Being more mindful – at both work and home
  • Achieving a realistic work-life balance – what can you do?

5. Action planning

  • Create a practical and realistic action plan for your team

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Course leader

Kate Jennings is a highly experienced leadership development and workplace wellbeing consultant and coach, as well as a qualified counsellor. She has facilitated large-scale wellbeing 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

Kate Jennings - Cambridge Executive Development

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

Cambridge Exec clients - leadership

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.

In-house courses at your offices

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.