Social Wellbeing


Social wellness focuses on building and nurturing meaningful and supportive relationships with individuals, groups and communities. It supports you in your communication, trust and conflict management skills. Social wellness also includes showing respect for others, oneself and other cultures. Social Wellbeing is used to describe how a member of staff feels they are connected to and included within a work setting.

Social Wellness is about: 

Relationships and how we interact with our colleagues
School values and ethos
Workplace Culture
Participation in social networks
Increasing self-esteem 
Providing a source of safety in difficult times 
Reflection on social needs
Making the effort to keep in touch 
Participating in groups 
Feeling valued as a person, colleague and employee

You can:

Reflect on yourself and your social needs. What are the aspects of your social life that you enjoy? What parts would you like to improve?
Participate in group discussions and practice active listening.
Make an effort to keep in touch with supportive friends, family and mentors.
Join a club or organisation.
Participate in study groups.
Volunteer in the community.

Why does social wellbeing matter to organisations? 

When staff feel a sense of belonging within the workplace, they are more likely to be happy, form relationships with colleagues and develop their careers. These are all very important aspects of a positive school culture and normally driven by the school's ethos and core values. An employee who feels valued by their employer will be driven and will want to be proactive in the workplace. If you value your staff individually and support them appropriately, you will gain higher productivity, good quality teaching and more likely to retain your staff. 

Schools can:

Consider flexible working and policies. Do you encourage staff to balance home and work responsibilities? Do current policies reduce heavy administration tasks and cut down on time spent working outside of school?
Raise awareness of various diversities and different communities amongst school staff
Encourage a buddy system with peer to peer support
Regular appraisals with mentors
Regular success celebrations used to recognise your staff contributions 
Creating social areas within the school for staff to interact 
Regular career progression conversations with mentor and supporting with appropriate training 
Develop coaching, learning and job-shadowing opportunities 
Ensure policies on bullying and harassment are in place 
Encourage lunch and learn events with staff

This 5 step guide to improving your social wellbeing and the Social Wellness toolkit can be a good place to start.