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The Workplace Wellbeing Wheel

Learn about the Workplace Wellbeing Wheel and how to use it to support and build your wellbeing at work

Workplace Wellbeing Wheel self-help toolkit for staff

The Workplace Wellbeing Wheel is a handy tool that you can use in your everyday work life, as it outlines the areas that are associated with health and wellbeing at work.

Completing the wheel gives you the opportunity to reflect on various aspects of work and evaluate what is working well or maybe not so well. You then have the opportunity to consider what can be done to make a difference.

The Wellbeing wheel is based on an evidence-based set of Management Standards that were developed through academic research commissioned by the Health and Safety Executive. The standards are six domains that have been found to impact on wellbeing at work. These are:

Role: This is about understanding your role and responsibilities, being clear about what is expected and knowing the systems, processes and people who can respond to any individual concerns.

Demands: This includes issues like workload, work patterns, and the work environment, this might also include remote working / working from home/flexible working. Here you consider whether the demands of the job are balanced by adequate personal and system resources.

Control: This area measures how much say you have in the way you do your work. For example: can you make decisions about when and how you do jobs within the scope of getting the job done efficiently?

Relationships: This area recognises that strong positive colleague and manager relationships help staff to withstand pressure and that unacceptable behaviours are managed effectively.

Change: Whilst nothing today is cast in stone and change is inevitable, this area considers whether the organisation engages with staff effectively when experiencing change and systems are in place to respond to concerns.

Support:This includes the encouragement, sponsorship and resources provided by the organisation, line management and colleagues. It considers whether adequate information and support is available from your colleagues and managers.

Often personal life and worklife overlap and influence one another. So we have added another category that you might want to consider:

Personal Factors: Are there any other issues/concerns/stressors outside of work that it would be valuable to take account of? This might include unexpected life changes, health issues, caring responsibilities, difficulties at home or home working etc.

Follow the links above to read more about all of the factors that make up the Wellbeing Wheel then download the Workplace Wellbeing Wheel to make a start.

We have a variety of resources available for staff to help them develop knowledge, skills and behaviours to manage their own wellbeing. This is a developing area, and our resources will grow with time. If you have any questions or comments please contact employeewellbeing@bath.ac.uk.