National Workplace Wellbeing Day 30 April

This National Workplace Wellbeing Day, the SFA encourages all small businesses to get involved to promote workplace wellbeing to their staff. Workplace wellness initiatives have proven to reduce absenteeism, enhance employee engagement and increase productivity.

To learn more visit National Workplace Wellbeing Day 2021.

Practical guide to supporting employee wellbeing

Covid-19 has presented new challenges and will continue to do so which will further impact our mental health. Taking a pro-active approach to mental health in the workplace brings multiple benefits to both employees and employers. Dr John Crowley, Occupational Physician, and founder of will explore some of the mental health challenges facing employers. He will provide guidance on simple, effective measures to help alleviate these problems while supporting your staff’s overall wellbeing with a return-to-work post-COVID.

Business owners and HR executives will leave the session inspired with a solution-based approach. This will include recognising and addressing employee mental health needs and providing services such as employee assistance programmes to employees. You can circulate this recording to colleagues and staff in your small business to support your wellness initiatives, and download the documents at the bottom of the page.

Remote working is a change for many but that does not mean wellbeing gets forgotten. Listed below are different wellness options that small business owner-managers can use to engage with their workforce this National Workplace Wellbeing Day. 

  • Lunchtime 2K – encourage employees, their families and housemates to get out for a walk this Friday lunchtime. Ask your staff to share a photo of their safe social distancing walk at lunch, and share a collage with us on twitter or Instagram (@sfa_irl) by using the hash tags #WorkWell21 #SFA

Why not do some guided virtual exercise together!
  • Share articles on breathing exercises with your employees to educate them on simple techniques that can help one sustain greater wellbeing and reduce stress levels.

  • Hold a bake off, share a healthy recipe with your staff and encourage bakers young and old to get involved or ask the company’s best baker to hold a virtual baking lesson!
  • Learn more about nutrition and healthy eating at home and in the office by visiting Healthy Ireland.
  • Share articles on nutrition such as this one from the SFA’s Better Business Magazine.

Mental health
  • Creating workplace environments where people can be open and positive about their own and others’ mental health has never been more important.
  • Share the link to the HSE resource Minding your mental health during Covid-19 with all your staff.
  • Read about mental health in the workplace - Mental, health, stigma and the workplace and There is no health without mental health.
  • Visit to learn about mental health, and how to support yourself and the people you love. You can find support services near you and learn about the #littlethings that can make a big difference to how we all feel.
  • Email or communicate an inspirational quote everyday – this will set everyone up with a positive outlook on their working day.

  • Financial wellbeing is your ability to confidently manage your money and plan for the future, regardless of how much money you have. To learn more about financial wellbeing visit SFA partner Bank of Ireland for more information.
  • Visit the SFA Wellness in the Workplace platform to learn more.

Be sure to post your activity on Twitter, Instagram or LinkedIn and share it by tagging the SFA and using the hashtag #WorkWell21.

Visit the SFA Wellness in the Workplace platform to learn more on how small business-owners can adapt wellness initiatives into their businesses.

You can also check out our National Workplace Wellbeing Day 2020 webinar with DeCare, Last year we were joined by David Casey, DeCare’s wellness health promotion manager for Ireland and Europe who discusses wellbeing in the workplace ideas and activities that all businesses can engage in regardless of their size or budget.