Wellbeing at Work event
Assembly Rooms Edinburgh
26 April 2017

Wellbeing at Work Conference

The Event

Learn from the experts and create an engaged workforce, improve productivity and reduce absenteeism

The Wellbeing at Work Event is a one-day conference in central Edinburgh for HR professionals, business leaders and consultants. Come and learn from experts and peers about the latest wellbeing developments and successes that are enhancing individual and organisational performance in companies across the UK and Europe.

Global communications and technologies are changing the world of work and employers are continuing to ask more of their employees. The Wellbeing at Work Event aims to provide a forum for businesses to hear, meet and discuss wellbeing initiatives with leading experts and practioners to equip businesses with the tools to introduce or improve well-being programmes in the workplace.

The Event will include a programme of influential speakers, debating panels, workshops and networking sessions where delegates can ask questions, exchange ideas and share experiences on a subject that has the potential to change the world of work.

  • Increase staff attendance

    An average sized firm with 250 employees is estimated to make an estimated loss of £250,000 annually, due to sickness absenteeism.

  • Outperform your competitors

    FTSE 100 companies that prioritise employee engagement and wellbeing outperform the rest of the FTSE 100 by at least 10%.

  • Improve staff retention

    A highly engaged workforce has the potential to reduce staff turnover by up to 87%.

  • Learn from the experts

    72% of workplaces still have no formal mental health policy, even though it costs UK employers around £26 billion each year and is one of the top five reasons for long-term absenteeism.

2017 Speakers

Our confirmed 2017 speakers - more to be announced shortly
Kezia Dugdale MSP

Leader of the Scottish Labour Party

Catherine Kilfedder

Head of Wellbeing, BT

Neil Shah

Chief Destressing Officer, The Stress Management Society

Miles Briggs MSP

Scottish Conservative & Unionist Party

Josh Quigley

Founder, The Tartan Explorer Foundation

Fiona Fairbrother

HR Business Partner, Trinity Mirror PLC

Aileen Simpson

Head of Health and Work Services, NHS Health Scotland

Asesh Sarkar

Co-Founder and CEO, Salary Finance

Diane Vincent

Director of People and OD, Scottish Fire & Rescue Service

Lillian Antonio

Senior Ergonomist, Herman Miller

Prof. Abigail Marks

Director, Centre for Research on Work & Wellbeing

Ailsa Suttie

Operations Director, Boundless

Rowena McBlane

Group Human Resources Director, James Donaldson & Sons

Gillian Pollock

HR Director, Edinburgh Airport

Judith Mackinnon

Head of HR Governance, Scottish Police Authority

Piers Bishop

Co-Founder, We Thrive

Sara Maude

Managing Director, The Mind Solution

Craig Ali

Director, Total Health

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Our Partners

The companies that support our event and vision
Herman Miller
Design and build a better world with Herman Miller
Herman Miller is a 100-year old-plus company that places great importance on design, the environment, community service and the health and well-being of our customers and our employees. We work with leading designers such as Studio 7.5, Yves Behar and forpeople to create inventive, design-driven solutions to life’s everyday problems.
We Thrive
Happier People. Better Results. Go beyond traditional staff surveys
We believe happier people = better results and that it’s time to go beyond traditional staff surveys and gain a deeper understanding of how your people feel. WeThrive quickly diagnoses the problems and opportunities in working life. Real-time reports and action plans reduce the stresses that cause sickness and burnout, freeing people to be more collaborative, creative and productive. Clients report improved productivity and staff retention, reduced sickness, a more positive culture and easier transitions when changes are implemented. WeThrive co-exists perfectly with your other people activities – deployed organisation-wide, with specific teams, departments or individuals – whenever needed.
Epic Software
Empowerment to your employees with Epic Software
Rightway helps you define and deliver a strategic, targeted and cost-effective approach to employee wellbeing. No fads, no fluff- simply evidence-based guidance and training provided by experts. Looking at organisational, social and physical factors in the workplace, we help you put the pieces together so you get healthier, engaged and motivated staff. Whether training wellbeing champions, building resilience, holding focus groups with staff, or facilitating management development sessions, we tailor our support and training to make wellbeing part of the fabric of your organisation. CMHA Supporting all City workers to achieve full potential WE THRIVE Happier People. Better Results. Go beyond traditional staff surveys We believe happier people = better results and that it’s time to go beyond traditional staff surveys and gain a deeper understanding of how your people feel. WeThrive quickly diagnoses the problems and opportunities in working life. Real-time reports and action plans reduce the stresses that cause sickness and burnout, freeing people to be more collaborative, creative and productive. Clients report improved productivity and staff retention, reduced sickness, a more positive culture and easier transitions when changes are implemented. WeThrive co-exists perfectly with your other people activities – deployed organisation-wide, with specific teams, departments or individuals – whenever needed. EPIC SOFTWARE Empowerment to your employees The Epic HR app by Epic Software Solutions is disrupting the HR industry, by providing a cutting edge Employee Engagement, People Empowerment and out the box HR system. Primarily focussed on the native iOS and Android applications, you can create content rich news articles, send out engagement surveys, manage important policy documents, provide sat-nav routing to all your office locations, manage health and safety and learning and development all in one place. With a 90 day free trial you can experience the application in full without any initial outlay, we also throw in free support and upgrades.
Salary Finance
Improve your employees’ financial health with Salary Finance
CCBT Ltd
Innovating online mental health care
Since 2005, CCBT Limited has been leading the world in providing effective, evidence-based, online cognitive behavioural programs for improving mental and physical wellbeing.
Headtorch
A Mentally Healthy Workplace – Good Business Sense
NHS Health Scotland
Working for a fairer healthier Scotland
David Lloyd Leisure
Edinburgh Corstorphine in Gyle Park
The David Lloyd Leisure Group operates 83 clubs in the UK and a further 12 clubs across Europe, comprising David Lloyd Clubs and Harbour Clubs with approximately 494,000 members. Across all clubs, David Lloyd Leisure has over 155 swimming pools (of which half are indoor) and offers over 10,000 exercise classes per week, whilst racquets facilities are unparalleled. Every week 20,000 children learn to swim at David Lloyd Leisure, 12,500 learn to play tennis and 13,000 children learn to play each week in the Tennis All Stars Coaching Programme. In addition, we provide more than just amazing fitness facilities, we also have health and beauty spas, lounges with free Wi-Fi, crèches, nurseries and specialist sports shops.
Stress Management Society
The UK’s leading authority on workplace stress
The Stress Management Society is the UK’s leading authority on stress in the workplace. It is a non-profit organisation that offers practical help and advice on managing stress both for individuals and organisations. Recognised nationally and internationally as a leader in this field, it counts Allianz, the NHS, Mars and Crown Commercial Services amongst its many clients.
Get Scotland Active
Technology and gamification to educate and raise awareness
Get Scotland Active aims to improve the lifestyle choices of everyone within your company. We highlight the benefits of leading an healthy lifestyle and the positive effects this can have on staff and productivity. It’s achieved through the use of engaging technology and activity challenges aimed at inspiring a healthier workforce. Step 1 – Choose a bespoke challenge package for your employees. Step 2 – Participants take a lifestyle age calculator and complete the challenges. Step 3 – We Introduce and promote a Healthy infrastructure thats sustainable and inclusive. Remember it’s – Your Life | Your Health | Your Future
Laughter for Health
Providing giggletastic laughter events for business
Providing laughter events for business, charities, health groups, community projects, universities, schools and members of the public. Boosting health and happiness – in the workplace and beyond!

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