The Workplace Mental Wealth story...
We began in 2020 when we couldn't find the research we were looking for to understand how the sector's workforce were doing in terms of their workplace mental health. We wanted to find out what was happening at the time (it was the middle of the pandemic), and what factors really mattered to people - both positively and negatively. If changes were needed, we wanted to explore what they might be.
We also wanted to gauge the thoughts of sector employers and leaders. Their perspective is vital as they play a key role in shaping the culture and many of the environments that our people work in. What they think and do really matters.
Our collective experience meant we had the knowledge and skills to embark on our first survey, and the commitment to see it through even though we were not able to secure funding. Still in lockdown, we launched that first survey online on a dark winter morning in January 2021 and Workplace Mental Wealth was born.
Now we support the sector to make the changes needed by providing insight and tools specifically created for the industry. We continue to develop what we offer drawing on our sector work, wider developments and best practice. Although we began in the pandemic, workplace mental health and safety is a constant consideration, just like physical health and safety. It makes sense to understand and manage it for legal, commercial and compassionate reasons.
The changes we need to see require a collective effort that will impact on many levels - individual, organisational and sector. Collaboration is key and we work work with organisations and colleagues to drive change to make the sector a happier, healthier, safer and more productive place to work.
Powered by research, partnered with CIMSPA
We believe in evidence-backed action and we're delighted to have partnered with CIMSPA since we began our research. The Fitness & Active Leisure Workforce State of Mind survey, will be back in January 2023 for a third time to shine a light on the current state of mind of employers and the workforce and offer recommendations for action.
In 2022, we saw an overall trend of elevated levels of reported mental distress in the workforce in comparison with our 2021 findings and data suggesting, overall, that employers are less focused on approaches and actions to support psychological health and safety at work than in 2021.
We created The Good Work Pledge to help organisations make progress with this important work, wherever they are on their journey. It's good for teams, for customers and for the bottom line. It's also backed by CIMSPA. Find out more about The Good Work Pledge and sign up here.
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Very best wishes
Katie & Lindsey
Meet the team
Katie is a specialist communications expert focused on raising awareness and changing the perception of mental health through stimulating conversation, questioning language choices and showcasing success. Katie has worked in the fitness and active leisure sector for more than 25 years and is now keen to turn her attention to encouraging not just physical but also mental wellness.
A communication and engagement specialist for over 25 years and a mental health first aid instructor, Lindsey works with organisations to create healthy cultures. Lindsey was the then FIA's first membership liaison manager and she's worked for some of the biggest names in the industry. Her commitment to mental health awareness and progress is coupled with a lifelong love for all things active and an extensive collection of trail shoes. Lindsey is studying for her Masters in Workplace Health & Wellbeing.
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