Why do businesses need a wellbeing policy?

Every UK business has a duty of care requirement to look after the health and safety of employees, including their wellbeing. But our research has shown that less than 1 in 5 people are aware of their employer having a mental health and wellbeing policy.

In light of this, promoting and protecting staff wellbeing in the workplace is important for every business. There are many factors that influence the health and wellbeing of staff. Understanding and overcoming these issues can result in a range of benefits for both individuals and the wider business.

By addressing mental health issues, businesses can improve the general wellbeing of employees, reduce absenteeism and presenteeism, lower staff turnover and increase productivity.


How to use this guide

We've put together a sample policy that you can use as a guide to create your own content. You can add or amend the contents to suit your organisation. 

The policy guide has two columns, the first has notes on what should be included in each section and the other has example content that you can use or adapt. 

Download the template

Getting started

Here are five steps to assist you with creating a health and wellbeing policy for your workplace.

  1. Explain the need for a mental health and wellbeing policy

    This section of the policy may include details on the following topics:

    • How and why physical and mental wellbeing at work can affect staff
    • Benefits of positive wellbeing in the workplace
    • How the organisation can create a culture that encourages health and wellbeing
    • How the business can support and assist those who have experienced mental ill health
  2. Aim of the policy

    This section of the policy should outline your health and wellbeing aims for your business.

    These aims will differ from business to business, so make sure the aims that are chosen are achievable. Your organisation and workforce will change over time, so review and update the aims of the policy to reflect these changes. 

  3. Objectives

    These should be SMART:

    • Specific
    • Measurable
    • Achievable
    • Realistic
    • Timespecific

    Each objective should be accompanied by an action to meet that objective. Choose policy actions that suit your workplace.

  4. Communication

    Explain how the policy will be communicated across the organisation. All employees should be made aware of the workplace mental health and wellbeing policy - and the resources that are available to them. 

    This part of your policy needs to include details on how the policy will be shared with employees and also include information on who's role it is to share it.

  5. Reviewing and monitoring the policy

    Regular reviews and monitoring are important for checking the effectiveness of the health and wellbeing at work policy.

    Include details on how progress will be checked, who has responsibility for this and how often the checks take place.  


Template download

Download our workplace wellbeing policy guide and template.

Wellbeing Policy Guide and Template


A sample wellbeing policy document that you can use as a framework.

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