Support your organisation to become well and resilient.

What is Governance and Board Reporting?

Wellbeing governance is managing wellbeing and mental health in your organisation. Like financial governance, it’s a key role of leaders and boards. Governance is not only how we manage, but how we ensure transparency and keep checks on our management.

Why does this matter?

Lack of attention can lead to financial cost, time cost, people cost, emotional cost, risk to reputation and poor culture. It leaves your organisation exposed.

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What does this look like when it's managed well?

It looks like safety and clarity. Leaders understand and translate wellbeing into regular working and reporting habits. The scene is set for trust and care in the workplace. Staff and leaders’ buckets are fuller and this overflows to clients and causes. It looks like the kind of workplace we would like to work in!

What does this look like when it's not managed well?

It looks like invisibility (excuse the oxymoron). It looks like leaders being too busy and not heeding warning signs. It looks like the wheels are starting to fall off, e.g. staff are unwell, there’s conflict, claims, absenteeism, turnover and a workplace that is stressful. In the social sector that means staff can’t bring their best selves to their beneficiaries or cause areas they serve.


Ways to use this module

This module comprises a selection of resources to support your organisation to provide good wellbeing governance.

If you are a leader:

  • Download and work through the wellbeing governance guide with your board.
  • Start to draft a wellbeing strategy and review with your board.

If you are a board member:

  • Listen to the podcast: Psychological safety in the boardroom.
  • Seek out the further learning you need.
Use this guide to embed wellbeing governance across your organisation.
Use this checklist when preparing to report to your board on wellbeing.
Hear about the importance of psychological safety on boards and its effect on decision-making.
Watch this video for an explainer on how to use the wellbeing strategy and action planning templates.
Build a basic wellbeing strategy and plan on a page.


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