Employee wellbeing - WHY and HOW - tips for small business

The SFA Business Bytes events, which are entirely free of charge, offer small businesses access to expert information and advice and an opportunity to network with their peers. The series is supported by Bord Gáis Energy.

Small employers take pride in their role creating local jobs and providing a good place of work for their employees. Employee wellbeing is emerging as a central component of this, with huge potential benefits for the individual, the company and society as a whole. However, much of the information and advice that is available on employee wellness is aimed at large organisations and is not easily adapted to a small business context.

This Business Bytes event explored the four main pillars of employee wellbeing:

  • Physical
  • Nutritional
  • Mental
  • Financial

Expert speakers, who are at the top of the game in each of these areas,  provided options that small business owner-managers can try in their own companies. The emphasis was on where to start and providing owner-managers with ideas that are relatively easy and not costly to implement.


  • Pat Henry is a personal coach and fitness consultant who has worked with David Bowie, Bruce Springsteen, Gabriel Byrne, Helen Mirren and Michael Flatley, to name but a few! He is the author of best-selling fitness books and is a familiar media commentator on health issues. www.henryfitnesscentre.com


  • Heather Leeson is a Nutritionist and founder and Director of Glenville Nutrition Ireland.  In addition to her clinical work, Heather runs healthy eating courses and is the Nutritionist for TV3’s weekend morning show. Heather and her team also work with a number of companies to support their employee wellbeing through talks, food demos, 1-2-1 nutrition and health reviews and in-house team challenges. www.glenvillenutrition.ie


  • Dr Kara McGann is a Senior Labour Market Policy Executive at Ibec. She provides advice and support on mental health, diversity and training Ibec member organisations. Kara is a practicing psychotherapist having studied at the Institute of Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy. www.ibec.ie


  • Nick Lawlor is a Specialist Investment Adviser, Pension Trustee, Certified Financial Planner and the Managing Director of Employee Financial Wellness. Nick and his Employee Financial Wellness team design and deliver employer based Financial Wellness programmes built specifically to educate employees on the various elements of their financial worlds. www.employeefinancialwellness.ie

The slides presented at the event are available to review below.

Last updated: 10/09/2017