Written by JO STEVENS

Supporting mental health and wellbeing in team members is the duty of every employer, and a Wellness Action Plan (WAP) can be a vital tool to help achieve that aim.

Put simply, a WAP is an agreed document between an employer and member of staff that sets out how they should be supported in the event of an issue.

A WAP doesn’t have to be a huge document and the process of putting one together need not be a complicated one, but we know from talking to employers that sometimes they don’t know where to start.

That’s why the team at Reality HR have created our free 10-point guide to creating a WAP. It’s designed to give straightforward, clear advice on everything from how to choose the right moment for a conversation around wellness, to how to manage absence.

We’ve included a template for employers to use to create their own WAPs, hopefully helping to get the ball rolling for employers who have previously been unsure about how to begin.

The government’s 2018 Thriving at Work report revealed 14.1 per cent of workers considered themselves to have a mental health problem, and around 70 million working days in the UK are lost to mental health issues each year.

Figures like that demonstrate how, as well as being of benefit to employees, a good WAP scheme makes good business sense.

WAPs can help address problems such as staff turnover, sickness absence, decreased motivation and lost productivity. They are a way for every employee – whether they have a mental health problem or not – to work with their manager to identify what keeps them well at work.

To download the guide, visit https://www.realityhr.co.uk/wellness-action-plan-wap/