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Creating a well-being strategy

The desirable end goal of the Thrive at Work process is a an action plan for your business, which delivers on a wellness strategy; which in turn fits with your organisation’s overall strategy and enables the business and its people.

What’s the goal of your well-being strategy?

Using the Thrive at Work process, a key first step for maturing your mental health initiatives is tying them together into a well-being strategy – containing both existing and new actions your organisation is undertaking to enhance employee well-being. A strategy assists in this respect by ensuring that all well-being initiatives are linked to measurable outcomes for the business, and clearly help the business to achieve its broader strategic objectives – through its people.

What format for your well-being strategy?

Many large organisations may already have a well-being strategy in place, or have well-being as a component of a broader business, human resources or occupational safety and health strategy. Alternatively, there may be a strategy template for your large business already. In these instances, we suggest using the Thrive at Work assessment tool and action planning process to update your current strategy to include the outcomes of the Thrive at Work process.

Other businesses may be undertaking well-being activities for workplace mental health already, but not in any clearly documented or strategic way. For these organisations, we recommend developing a well-being strategy that covers any or all of:

  • your organisation’s vision (likely already written), and the vision for well-being as a sub-component of this (you may need to create this),
  • the Business Case (which can be put together from the Thrive at Work resource) to articulate the return on investment for mental health initiatives in your business
  • some detail on the activities already being conducted with respect to mental health at work in your organisation, and the case for changing this or doing more (or less, well!)
  • briefly explain the drive undertake the Thrive at Work initiative (i.e. the why?), the framework itself and the assessment tool results for your business
  • detail what the take outs from the assessment process were, what actions you will carry out as a result, and how you will evaluate the impact of these actions
  • you might like to close with how you see this strategically benefitting the business

The Thrive at Work team have constructed a simple template which can be used as guidance.


The Future of Work Institute have created a simple template strategy document that can be used as the basis for your organisation’s well-being strategy.