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Wellbeing Hub

Taking care of wellbeing can have positive effects on both health and productivity. We want to encourage the conversation about wellbeing amongst the UK’s 5.8 million small businesses.

(Pictured - FSB member Naomi Murray - Botanica Health)

Wellbeing in Small Business Hub

Welcome to the FSB’s Wellbeing in Small Business hub. Here you will find information and practical advice for your business on mental health and general wellbeing. Included are ideas and suggestions that you can try if you are looking to improve your own wellbeing or the wellbeing of your staff. 

You will also find case studies from the FSB membership and partner organisations like Public Health England and mental health charity Mind.

Taking care of wellbeing can have positive effects on both health and productivity. We want to encourage the conversation about wellbeing amongst the UK’s 5.8 million small businesses. FSB welcomes you to the wellbeing conversation. We hope you will share your stories with #FSBwellbeing.

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Wellbeing in small business - how you can help
Document Sat, 30 September 2017

Wellbeing in small business - how you can help

A short guide

Wellbeing in Small Business: how you can help

Taking care of wellbeing can have positive effects on both health and productivity.

We know from our members that ensuring their own health and wellbeing, as well as that of their teams, is crucial to the success of their business. Below are some of the highlights of our 'Wellbeing in Small Business: How you can Help' report.

Let's talk about it

People who are self-employed and run their own businesses are used to being self-reliant. But being self-reliant doesn’t have to mean going it alone – often the simplest and first step to better wellbeing can be to talk about it, whether it's about how you feel or how somebody you employ feels. Talking about these issues in the workplace can really improve performance and productivity, and even though it costs time, it should help you in the long-run.

Opening up and talking can be really beneficial for you and your employees. Try to speak about what you are all doing at work and what pressures you are both under. It’s important for people to feel comfortable discussing their mental health, and that everyone in your organisation feels able to talk about stress that they experience, or problems that they feel are affecting them day-to-day.

Job Design Matters

It is important you and your staff are able to balance work and home life, manage work pressures and feel encouraged and motivated at work. As self-employed people and small business owners, you know the value of hard work – this section is intended to provide ideas about how you can make sure you and your employees can work in a way that keeps you healthy.

Our jobs have a big impact on our health and wellbeing. The Labour Force Survey in 2007/08 found that an estimated 442,000 individuals in Britain believed that they were experiencing workrelated stress at a level that was making them ill3. Well-designed jobs with good line management, communication and flexibility can all help reduce stress. It’s worth thinking about changes you can 

Physical Environment Matters

The buildings we work in can make a huge difference – both positive and negative – to how we feel day-to-day. 85 per cent of people in England agree that the quality of the built environment influences the way they feel. Improving the environment you work in can be one of the easiest things to do – but it could also make the biggest difference.

Healthy Body, Healthy Mind

The healthier you are, the easier you might find it to keep working when you need to.

Taking care of your body can support both your physical and mental health. Exercise can reduce your risk of major illnesses, such as heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes and cancer by up to 50 per cent. 

Support for you and your staff when it's needed

Keeping yourself and your staff healthy is incredibly important – it’s equally important to access the help you or your staff need if one of you develops a disability or health condition while in work. If somebody falls out of work, not only can it lead to the loss of a valued member of staff for a business, but it can lead to worse health outcomes for them and contribute to negative economy-wide outcomes.

Self-employed and small businesses are relatively successful in comparison to the rest of the private sector in employing people with disabilities – it is great for you, your business and indeed your staff, if you can think of extra steps you can take to build an inclusive, supportive workplace. 


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Reaching out

Find help and support around the UK.


The Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development is a professional association for human resource management professionals, and they have produced a number of factsheets which you might find really helpful to read. CIPD’s wellbeing hub contains a number of videos with examples of good practice on wellbeing, as well as a range of other materials.

Also check out these fact sheets from CIPD:

FSB Care

FSB is the medical and health advice service offered to FSB members. It can support members with a variety of health conditions and give advice on wellbeing. For more information visit the FSB website.

FSB Legal Helpline

24 hour legal advice helpline operated by qualified barristers and solicitors, offering advice to small businesses on the range of legal issues including employment and health and safety. Check out FSB’s website for more information.

Healthy Working Lives (Scotland)

Healthy Working Lives is part of NHS Scotland and support employers create a safer, healthier and more motivated workforce. They work with all kinds of businesses, completely free of charge, offering practical information and advice to help improve health and safety and the wellbeing of everyone at work. Their website is full of practical advice, guides and tools to help with every aspect of health, safety and wellbeing in the workplace.

Inspire Northern Ireland

Inspire in Northern Ireland offers a range of services that provide support in the areas of mental health and learning disability across a range of areas. This includes individual sections dedicated to mental healthdisability services and workplace wellbeing. They can help your business develop an employee support service, mental health and wellbeing programmes.


At least one in six workers experiences common mental health problems, including anxiety and depression.

Whether you're an employee worried about your own or a colleague's mental health, or an HR professional interested in improving mental wellbeing in your organisation – Mind is there to help. Please have a look at the Mental Health at Work section of their site, and a full list of resources targeted at employers can be found on the Useful Resources page.

To give you a taster of these:

Workplace wellbeing resources for HR professionals and line managers:

Workplace wellbeing resources for individuals:

Time to Change

Time to Change is a national campaign led by Mind and Rethink Mental Illness, as part of the campaign there is a dedicated team who works with employers to end stigma and discrimination of mental health problems in the workplace.

Mind’s Workplace Wellbeing Index

The Workplace Wellbeing Index is a benchmark of best policy and practice. It will help you find out where you are doing well and where you could improve your approach to mental health in the workplace.

To find out more, visit their webpages or contact the team on [email protected]

Public Health England

Public Health England is responsible for making the public healthier and reducing differences between the health of different groups by promoting healthier lifestyles, advising government and supporting action by local government, the NHS and the public.

They have developed a number of toolkits, in association with Business in the Community, including:

Scottish Association for Mental Health

The SAMH currently has over 60 community services across the whole of Scotland providing mental health and social care support. This focuses on homelessness, addictions and employment services, among others. They provide a number of resources for businesses looking to improve wellbeing in the workplace. They also focus on individual wellbeing and have a wellbeing tool where you can measure your own wellbeing.

UK Green Building Council

The UK Green Building Council (UK-GBC) is a charity with over 400 member organisations. They focus on inspiring, challenging and empowering their members to identify and adopt the most sustainable and viable solutions for their businesses. They have resources available which can help you improve the design of your workplace to promote wellbeing and the health of your employees.

Check out their website and search for their Bitesize Briefings which look at health, wellbeing and productivity in the workplace.

Further reading

Coronavirus: Looking After your Mental Health & Wellbeing
Article Thu, 19 March 2020

Coronavirus: Looking After your Mental Health & Wellbeing

With twenty four hour news feeds and social media talking about Coronavirus and the steps we need to take to protect ourselves and others it can be easy to forget that your mental health is just as important as your physical. We have seven tips to help you check in with yourself.

A day in the life of an FSB Care nurse
Article Tue, 21 January 2020

A day in the life of an FSB Care nurse

FSB Care is a service that dedicates nurse support to members, helping them through long-term physical or mental ill health. This is a summary of a day in the life of Zena Mayhew, one of our FSB Care nurses.

Balancing a small business, family and your mental health
Article Fri, 18 May 2018

Balancing a small business, family and your mental health

Wellbeing in small business: Balancing a small business, family and your mental health


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