Wellbeing skills for small business

Whether you rely on staff or fly solo, soft skills such as wellbeing help with running every aspect of your business.

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1. So, what exactly are soft skills?

We use soft skills when we engage with other people, respond to challenges, and in the way we work. They’re essential for success in your personal life, in your career, and in the workplace. Soft skills need to be gradually developed and continuously reinforced.


2. Why are soft skills important?

People with strong soft skills are more likely to form better relationships with their co-workers, clients and suppliers. So whatever stage your business is at, ongoing development of soft skills like communication is key to success.


3. How can I improve my soft skills?

Begin with establishing where your soft skills stand now, then identify which ones have helped you succeed and what you’d like to develop further. Start small: focus on just one or two, like becoming a more effective communicator.

Resources to further your wellbeing skills in business

Developing your wellbeing skills will give you confidence to make difficult decisions under pressure, adapt quickly to change, and improve the day-to-day running of your business. From improving your own wellbeing to building resilience and wellbeing in the workplace, we’ve prepared our best resources to help you get started.

Downloadable guides

Check out the easy-to-follow tips in these guides that you can download and refer back to whenever you need.

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Signs of poor and positive mental health

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Building resilience

Learn how to build resilience to reduce any stress you feel, and gain practical tools to apply in your life and work.

Managing energy during times of change

Explore how to use your unique strengths to increase energy, and how to harness the power of positive emotions.

Business benefits of wellbeing skills

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Improved productivity and better business outcomes

Stress naturally occurs in the workplace. Having the right health and wellbeing skills to support your employees leads to improved productivity and better business outcomes.

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Improved team morale and welfare

With the right wellbeing skills and strategies in place, you can ensure your employees maintain a work-life balance, which will help improve team morale and welfare.

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Fewer sick days and reduced staff turnover

Creating a mentally healthy workplace will improve your bottom line and can result in a positive return on investment, with fewer sick days and reduced staff turnover.

What’s next for you and your business

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Thinking about starting a business

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