Occupational Health and Wellbeing Theatre

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Panel discussion: Workplace design and its impact on productivity and wellbeing
10:30 - 11:15
Aukett Swanke
Il Prisma
Country manager UK Branch & strategy director BU Destinations
Il Prisma
Practical considerations for implementing mental health first aid
12:30 - 13:00
Managing Director
The Healthy Work Company
Safety Director
West Midlands Trains

Mental Health First Aid is the best-known training course available for companies who wish to start raising awareness and reducing stigma in their organisations. Before implementing it, you need to consider a number of factors such as how you will support MHFAiders. This session is brought to you from The Healthy Work Company who have trained organisations such as ITV, Mace, Allianz, Man Truck and Bus, Royal Shakespeare Company, Luton Airport,West Midland trains,  mainly working with the Health and Safety Director on the strategy behind the sessions.  

Human-focused human factors
13:10 - 13:40
Principal Consultant

Human Factors is an applied science in which we strive to identify, understand and manage those things which influence our (human) performance at work for better or worse.  Sometimes these factors are simple to identify and understand, but not always.  There is usually more than one factor influencing our performance and there are many effective Human Factors techniques to help us understand and manage these.  In this presentation, I’d like to consider how we have traditionally applied this science across industry and whether we can (and should) apply Human Factors in a more Human Focused style than before.

Using nature-inspired design to improve office occupant health and wellbeing
13:50 - 14:20
Research Director

BRE and partners have commenced a long-term project “The Biophilic Office project” to grow and deepen the evidence base for health, wellbeing and productivity impacts of creating a restorative office environment. Alongside indoor environment the measurement of the physiological and psychological wellbeing of office occupants forms the evidence base to help understand the return on investment for office refurbishment using nature-inspired biophilic design. Does refurbishing with higher levels of occupant wellbeing in mind bring a greater return – in terms of business performance, reduced absenteeism and improved reported levels of wellness?

Embracing technology to engage Facilities Management with the digital workplace
14:30 - 14:50
Business Strategy Director

Today’s Facilities Management isn’t just about fixing things, maintaining assets or cleaning. Providing these services to a high standard is a given. Modern facilities management embraces the evolving workplace and delivers recruitment and retention opportunities for their customers.


With up to four generations working together in an organisation, different expectations are placed on the workplace.


There has also been a shift in the meaning of work/life balance, with more of us using our personal mobile devices for work purposes outside of ‘office hours’.

Engagement with the end user is key to delivering a customised user experience, even as simple as collecting valuable feedback as to the running of the building, via workplace community apps. 

Provide tools for the entire workplace community to take ownership and pride in their workplace, contributing to its success.

To retain your valuable workforce, you must think about providing the best possible experience for them in and outside the workplace. Consider what could make their day a little easier: embrace AI technology for instance, but for supplementing  jobs and not replacing them.

Put the power directly in the hands of the workplace community, for the promotion of effective and successful FM.


Getting a good night's sleep: the impact on fatigue on safety and how to deal with it in the workplace
15:00 - 15:30
Managing Director
Third Pillar of Health Ltd

• Levels of sleeplessness across society and the rise in sleep disorders
• The link between sleep, health and performance
• The link between sleep and stress
• How to go about understanding the extent, impact and causes of tiredness and fatigue in staff
• Interventions and solutions in the workplace

Workplace design and its impact on productivity and wellbeing
15:40 - 16:10
Workplace Consultant and Designer
IOSH managing occupational health and wellbeing
16:20 - 16:50
Director of Business Services

The session will outline the growing business case for occupational health and wellbeing programmes in business.  Delegates will gain insight into how investments in health and wellbeing are providing organisations with competitive advantage and how IOSH is supporting organisation’s to implement leading practical steps to deliver ‘the healthy profit’.