Two digital learning programmes have been launched to help organisations bolster employee wellbeing and boost efficiency following the disruption brought by the COVID-19 pandemic.
The interactive programmes have been brought to market by Durham-based positive psychology, wellbeing, and HR consultancy Tailored Thinking in response to increased demand from organisations and individuals learning to adapt to new ways of working.
Both programmes are based on the consultancy’s popular Job Crafting and Buoyant Wellbeing workshops, and use evidence-based methods to encourage employers to focus on individuals’ strengths, passions, and interests, and bring personalisation to wellbeing goals.
Commenting on the launch, founder and chief positive deviant Rob Baker said: “As a result of the pandemic, we’ve seen an increase in demand from organisations looking to invest in the wellbeing of their staff and learn how to increase productivity and happiness at work.
“Research has shown that we tend to perform better when there is a positive fit between an item we are using and our sense of style, taste and preference, but many don’t know how to apply this to their work.
“Personalisation and individuality are the driving forces behind the programmes we’ve developed and act as a launchpad for increasing engagement and energy at work.”
According to research, 86% of people around the world report not being fully engaged and energised by their jobs.
Through the CraftingBetter Work programme, employers can learn how to enhance fulfilment and increase productivity and engagement by crafting and shaping jobs outside of their fundamental structure to align with an individual’s strengths, skills and interests.
Each activity within the program demonstrates how roles can be redesigned in terms of tasks, relationships, and thoughts about work.
The Buoyant Wellbeing programme encourages the employees themselves to explore what wellbeing means for them by focusing on positive and personal wellbeing goals.
Centred around the PERMA Model and Five Ways to Wellbeing, the programme looks at how personalisation of wellbeing can prevent the stress and burnout associated with usual resilience methods.
Both programmes can be accessed online upon enquiry and investment.
Baker added: “We’re now living in a world, perhaps temporarily, where most businesses are reliant on the internet for employee development and communication, and these equally need to be easily accessible.
“By making these programmes accessible online, both organisations and individuals will be able to explore these themes in their own time through a variety of bitesize exercises, videos, and informational slides.”
The launch of the digital programmes was accelerated thanks to a £1,500 grant from the Innovation SuperNetwork’s Catalysing Innovation in North East Cluster’s project, which is part-funded by ERDF.
Estelle Blanks, executive director at the SuperNetwork, said: “Our work centres around connecting SMEs with the support, funding, and collaborative opportunities they need to bring innovative products and services to market.
“It’s great news that our grant has helped Tailored Thinking launch their digital tools.”