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Andrew Sharman Andrew is the CEO of RMS Switzerland, a global consultancy specialising in safety behaviour, culture and leadership. With offices in the UK, and Switzerland.  RMS has an enviable track record of improving culture and enabling excellence for NGOs and blue chip organisations around the world through industry sectors including aviation, automotive, mining, construction, oil and gas, pharmaceuticals, and FMCGs. Find out more at www.RMSswitzerland.com Andrew is also Professor of Leadership & Safety Culture at the European Centre for Executive Development in Fontainebleau, France, and Professor of Risk Management at the University of Zurich, Switzerland.  He is a Chartered Fellow and Vice President of the Institution of Occupational Safety & Health (IOSH); a Fellow of the International Institute of Risk and Safety Management; and a Fellow of the Institute of Leadership & Management. Far from being risk-averse, he loves adventure sports including climbing, free flying, sea kayaking and swimming with sharks. He uses these pursuits to re-energise the language, perceptions and functions of safety and risk management and align the disciplines with broader organisational issues driving positive impact and enhancing the performance of individuals, teams and businesses. Read Andrew's New Rules of Safety series on SHP here. Andrew’s book From Accidents to Zero is one of the fastest-selling books on safety culture of the 21st  century, find out more at www.fromaccidentstozero.com and enter code SHP 25 to receive an exclusive 25% discount for SHPonline readers.
August 12, 2020

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Embedding wellbeing at the centre of our recovery

Perhaps for the first time ever, the ‘health’ in health & safety has risen to have the same focus and importance as ‘safety’. Professor Andrew Sharman explores the importance of wellbeing training in the growth of businesses.

Andrew Sharman

As OSH professionals we need to capitalise on this ‘once in a generation’ opportunity to put wellbeing at the centre of our approach, as we focus on getting through the pandemic and back to work. But understanding how to embed and promote wellbeing in the workplace can be difficult to navigate.

Wellbeing in the workplace is not just about mental health – it’s the whole package. It’s about all your employees having the health, vitality and energy to excel in their roles and outperform the competition. In today’s challenging times, where the competition is nipping at your heels, having an energised and resilient workforce is of paramount importance and is a key driver to business growth. Our profession is key to creating a culture of care. To do that we need to start with self-care and promoting self-care to those around you.

As our lives get busier, particularly as many of us are working remotely, boundaries between work and leisure blur and we spend less time thinking about what we’re actually putting our bodies through. This fast-living is resulting in a pandemic of ‘ill-being’: from general weariness and ‘feeling under the weather’ to prolonged bouts of sickness, lethargy and sharp increases in stress, depression and mental health issues.

Recent surveys by IOSH (the Institution of Occupational Safety & Health) have revealed up to 75% of people are feeling stressed or anxious because of the pandemic. The Institute of Leadership & Management’s recent survey of UK managers showed that 84% had experienced mental ill-health symptoms linked to work, but that only 46% felt comfortable talking to their manager about it.

So if we create a culture of care, with wellbeing at the centre, we not only improve organisational culture and empower people to speak up, we also reduce many of the safety errors we are all too familiar with and ensure our people are more energised and resilient. Developed from my book co-authored with Hari Kalymnios, Working Well: What You Need to Know to Live a Longer, Happier, Healthier Life, our new IOSH Certificate in Workplace Wellbeing Leadership online program has seven modules designed to help leaders drive and create effective workplace wellbeing. This will help you build a practical toolkit of simple, high-impact tools and techniques designed to increase your levels of health and energy, boosts performance and productivity and return rapid results for you personally, and your workplace.

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