10th December 2015 Written by Skills for Health

Image: Three ways to improve your team’s wellbeing this winter.Staff sickness and low morale are two of the biggest challenges facing the NHS this winter. Here are some tips on how to improve the wellbeing of your team during these busy months.

 

Winter brings extra pressures for the NHS, particularly in Accident and Emergency departments, due to increased causalities caused by the bad weather and NHS weekly figures released last year indicated that attendances once again climbed, topping 450,000 for the first time in 2014.

With the increased demand for services come the extra shifts and longer workdays, it will inevitably take a toll on a person’s health and emotional wellbeing. These stressful conditions can lead to some healthcare workers struggling to cope.

Healthcare workers are dedicated to patient care and even more so during the winter keeping the NHS going throughout the Christmas period. It’s imperative that individuals who care for so many also look after their own health and wellbeing at this time, while organisations need to ensure morale is kept high.

Here are our top three tips for improving morale:

1. Spotting the signs

Senior management staff need to champion health and wellbeing amongst their teams at winter so managers need the relevant training to easily identify the signs of stress and ‘burn out’. Noticing a colleague who appears to be of ill health or is struggling with the added stress of the season and putting steps in place to support them will make a big difference.

Image: Improve your team’s wellbeing this winter.

2. Confidentiality is key

As a senior staff member, we would advise on adopting a confidential agreement with your colleagues and building trust amongst your team is key, as almost a quarter of healthcare workers say they would be reluctant to approach their line manager, which is perhaps due to a fear of letting people down or of being stigmatised. If this is the case then most health professionals may be not feel confortable being treated by a colleague that they worked closely with, and so offering advice on a third party they could approach may make them feel at ease.

3. Just say thanks

Gestures that demonstrate staff appreciation make your team feel valued and important, having a significant positive impact on overall staff morale. It’s important to recognise everyone who goes the extra mile and ensure everyone feels part of a team.

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