Wellbeing Workshops Can Be a Waste of Money!

As a business leader, you’re always looking for ways to support your team and enhance productivity, right? Investing in employee wellbeing has become a popular strategy, but I want to share a critical insight: one-off workshops, while well-intentioned, often fail to deliver lasting change. In fact, they can end up being a waste of money.

Allow me to explain…


The Pitfalls of One-Off Workshops

Think about the last time you attended a motivational seminar. You probably left feeling inspired and ready to conquer the world, but how long did that feeling last? One-off workshops can provide a temporary morale boost, but without ongoing support and reinforcement, that initial enthusiasm quickly fades. Real change needs more than a single dose of motivation.

Also, we’re creatures of habit. Our brains are hardwired to resist change and stick to familiar routines. When your team is introduced to new concepts or behaviours in just one session, it’s challenging for those ideas to stick. Without consistent practice and reinforcement, people tend to revert to their old ways and comfort zones.

You know that achieving sustainable behaviour change requires consistent reinforcement. One-off workshops simply don’t provide the follow-up needed to ensure new habits are formed and maintained. Without regular reminders and encouragement, your employees are unlikely to integrate new practices into their everyday work lives.

Another reason is that wellbeing is a complex issue that can’t be adequately addressed in a single workshop. Effective programs need to cover a range of topics, including stress management, physical health, mental resilience, and work-life balance. A one-off session just doesn’t have the depth to make a meaningful impact.

What about the content?  Many one-off workshops offer generic content that doesn’t address the specific needs and challenges of your team or organisation. For a wellbeing initiative to be effective, it must be tailored to the unique circumstances of your workplace and the individuals within it. Generic workshops often miss the mark, leaving employees feeling disconnected and unmotivated to apply what they’ve learned.


The Need for Ongoing, Structured Programs
To achieve real, sustainable change and support employee wellbeing, you need to invest in ongoing, structured programs that provide continuous support and reinforcement. Here’s why:

  • Gradual Learning and Implementation:
    Programs that deliver bite-sized information over a longer period allow employees to gradually learn and implement new behaviours. This approach aligns better with how our brains process and retain information, making it easier to adopt and maintain new habits.
  • Continuous Reinforcement:
    Regular sessions and follow-ups provide the necessary reinforcement to ensure new behaviours become ingrained. Your employees will receive ongoing support, reminders, and encouragement, helping them stay on track and motivated.
  • Personalised Approach:
    Structured programs can be tailored to the specific needs, strategy and values of your organisation and its employees. This personalised approach ensures that the content is relevant and engaging, making it more likely that your team will commit to the program and apply what they’ve learned.
  • Building a Supportive Culture:
    Ongoing programs help to build a culture of wellbeing within your organisation. When wellbeing becomes a continuous focus, it permeates the workplace culture, encouraging employees to support each other and prioritise their mental and physical health.
  • Measurable Impact:
    With a structured program, you can track progress and measure the impact of your wellbeing initiatives. Regular assessments and feedback loops allow for adjustments and improvements, ensuring that the program remains effective and delivers real value.


What is the alternative? A Sustainable Solution
The Peace Under Pressure program is designed to deliver the kind of long-term, sustainable change that one-off workshops simply can’t achieve. Here’s how it works:

Bite-Sized Information:
The program delivers bite-sized information over a longer period, typically spanning weeks or months. This gradual approach helps employees absorb and retain new information more effectively, making it easier to implement positive changes in their daily routines. Plus, this makes it accessible and easier to fit in with working commitments and schedules without taking your people away from their work and priorities for extended periods.

Ongoing Support and Reinforcement:
Peace Under Pressure provides continuous support through regular sessions, follow-ups, and check-ins. This ensures that employees remain engaged and motivated, receiving the reinforcement they need to maintain new behaviours.

Tailored Content:
The program is customised to meet the specific needs of your organisation and its employees. This personalised approach ensures that the content is relevant, engaging, and directly applicable to the unique challenges your team faces.

Focus on Long-Term Change:
The ultimate goal of Peace Under Pressure is to create long-term positive behaviour changes. By promoting a culture of wellbeing and providing the tools and strategies needed to cope with stress and pressure, the program helps build a peaceful, positive, and productive workplace.

Building Resilience and Wellbeing:
The program includes comprehensive strategies for managing stress, building resilience, and improving overall wellbeing. Techniques such as effective communication, mindfulness, deep breathing exercises, positive thinking, and time management are integrated into the program, providing employees with a holistic approach to wellbeing.


Food for thought….

While one-off wellbeing workshops may offer a temporary boost, they are often a waste of money in the long run. Sustainable behaviour change requires ongoing support, reinforcement, and a personalised approach that one-off sessions simply can’t provide. The Peace Under Pressure program offers a viable alternative, delivering bite-sized information over an extended period to promote long-term positive behaviour change.

By investing in a structured program like Peace Under Pressure, you can build a culture of wellbeing that supports a peaceful, positive, and productive workplace. This approach not only benefits your employees but also enhances overall organisational performance, leading to a more resilient and engaged workforce.

Is the Peace Under Pressure program right for your people?  Let’s talk!  Book a free discovery call.

Carley Nicholson
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