Bournemouth University is developing a multi-dimensional consultancy package to help businesses and institutions improve the wellbeing of their employees. The Centre for Wellbeing and Quality of Life (CeWQol) has received £250,000 from the University’s Higher Education Innovation Fund (HEIF) grant to support commercial and public sector firms and charity organisations in their quest to be recognised as healthy workplaces – and achieve formal accreditation through external agencies such as Investors in People and the Royal Society for Public Health.
The package focuses on wellbeing and humanisation – a term being championed by the University around the importance of people-centred processes that support wellbeing and the concern with helping employees feel valued. Organisations will have the unique opportunity to draw on the University’s wide-ranging expertise including human resources management (recruitment and retention), occupational health and safety, healthier communities (nutrition, exercise and sport), and the design of working environments and stress alleviation.As such the project involves five academic schools – Health and Social Care; Business School; Design, Engineering and Computing; Media School; and Applied Sciences – and the BU Wellbeing Enterprise Network in collaboration with the Centre for Practice Development and the Centre for Qualitative Research.
As part of the grant the University has developed a Research Collaborative Space at its Lansdowne campus in which staff can engage in collaborative activity and deliver consultancy training for external organisations.