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Vitality launches new workplace wellbeing digital learning series for advisers as employers navigate the return to work 

  • The only wellbeing at work series to be accredited by the Chartered Insurance Institute (CII)
  • Learning is presented in bitesize sections to make it easy to fit in with busy schedules and advisers can gain up to 4.5 hours CPD from the entire series
  • Vitality Academy learning uses a multi-media format, with video, infographics, interactive content and tools for an engaging experience, with structured navigation so advisers can select the learning most relevant to them and conveniently revisit content as an ongoing reference tool
  • Research from Britain’s Healthiest Workplace 2019 found that just one in seven interventions offered to employees is used, illustrating the employer need for adviser guidance not just on what benefits to select, but how to achieve better outcomes  

6th October 2021 – Vitality has launched a new digital learning series to support advisers with growing demand for workplace wellbeing advice and support. The series of five courses explores the economic case for wellbeing in every workplace, along with what really gets results and how advisers can help employers combine benefits, culture, and wellbeing strategy for maximum impact.  

The coronavirus pandemic has thrown health and wellbeing into the spotlight, with newfound appetite from businesses to introduce or improve their wellbeing programmes for their employees. Data from Vitality’s 2021 Workplace Wellness Survey showed three-quarters (76%) of businesses have made changes to their health and wellbeing programme in light of the current work environment and a shift to remote working1

Meanwhile, employee expectations are changing too. Vitality’s Healthy Hybrid: a blueprint for business report found that 85% of workers say taking employee health and wellbeing seriously will be important when thinking about their future career prospects2.

Vitality has long highlighted the link between the physical and mental health of the workforce with job satisfaction and productivity and looks to support businesses in implementing wellbeing programmes to address these issues. Vitality’s 2021 Workplace Wellness Survey found employees in poor physical and mental health had lower job satisfaction and are more likely to be affected by presenteeism. Three in five (61%) employees in poor physical health and four in five (78%) employees in poor mental health have low job satisfaction while four in five (81%) employees in poor physical health and nine in ten (90%) employees in poor mental health are affected by presenteeism. But even with benefits in place, research has found that employers can face significant challenges in creating impact and improving the health and wellbeing of their people. Research from Britain’s Healthiest Workplace 2019 found that just one in seven interventions offered to employees is taken up3.

Advisers play an important role in helping business clients recognise the value of investing in workplace wellbeing schemes and in achieving results, which is why Vitality has created a comprehensive digital learning series on this topic especially for advisers. The series is made up of five courses:

1. Wellbeing is for everyone – the case for wellbeing in every workplace
2. Work heaven, work hell – creating a healthier workplace culture
3. Taking control of our health and wellbeing – how a longer, healthier, happier life is possible
4. Why is it so hard to make healthy choices? Using psychology for wellbeing success
5. The perfect plan – successful wellbeing strategy in action

Following rigorous assessment, the course has received accreditation from the Chartered Institute of Insurers (CII) which independently recognises the quality and relevance of the series in meeting the professional development needs of advisers. Each part of the series can be taken as a stand-alone course and the content is presented in bitesize sections for convenience. Advisers can also gain up to 4.5 hours of CPD if they complete the entire series.

Karl Hewstone, Director, Sales and Adviser Development at Vitality, said: “Health and wellbeing is a top priority for many organisations now. If the end goal is healthier, happier people, then results matter and our research suggests that employers can struggle even when they put measures in place. Our new learning series distils the evidence of what really works into a simple, practical guide for advisers, to help them lead employers to wellbeing success. In doing this, we believe that measurable improvements will help grow the business case and investment too.”   

Debra Clark, Head of Specialist Consulting at Towergate Health & Protection, commented: “With workplace wellbeing having rapidly moved to the top of many businesses’ agendas, these courses offer valuable information and insight which will be beneficial to all, regardless of experience level.”

Advisers can access the series from Vitality’s Adviser Academy:
1. Wellbeing is for everyone – the case for wellbeing in every workplace
2. Work heaven, work hell – creating a healthier workplace culture
3. Taking control of our health and wellbeing – how a longer, healthier, happier life is possible
4. Why is it so hard to make healthy choices? Using psychology for wellbeing success
5. The perfect plan – successful wellbeing strategy in action
 
In summer, Vitality, in partnership with the Royal Society for Arts, Manufactures and Commerce, undertook a review of the health impacts of lockdown and ways to help businesses reset their approach to health and wellbeing to create a new ‘healthy hybrid’ working environment. The full Healthy Hybrid report can be found on the Vitality website: https://www.vitality.co.uk/business/healthy-hybrid-report/ 
 
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1. Data from Vitality’s 2021 Workplace Wellness Survey
2. Data from Vitality’s Healthy Hybrid: a blueprint for business report
3. Data from Britain’s Healthiest Workplace 2019.

For further information, please contact:  
Press@vitality.co.uk