Build a wellbeing strategy for a happier,
healthier and engaged workforce

Wellbeing can be a vague term, with many companies finding it difficult to define, and tougher still to justify in a business case.

Is it a frame of mind? Physical fitness? Financial security? General happiness? There is no single answer.

But regardless of how it is defined, wellbeing at work has become a key concern for HR directors in the UK, and it’s easy to see why. Ultimately a workforce that is happier, healthier and present can only be a good thing.

Wellbeing in the Workplace 2017 will address the different strands of a good health and wellness strategy – from promoting physical and emotional health to helping to safeguard your employees’ financial security.

For HR and reward professionals, implementing a cost-effective strategy which will meet the needs of both employees and your business’s bottom line is vital. Join us on 27 September to:

  • Learn about new trends in wellbeing and how they will impact your business strategy
  • Discuss cost-effective techniques to enhance wellbeing in your workplace
  • Listen to practical tips on how to create a tailored wellbeing plan that fits varied workforce demographics
  • Discover how your peers are boosting workplace health through technology and apps

Mix and mingle with industry leaders and wellbeing innovators as well as your colleagues in the world of HR: and find out how you can make your workforce happier, healthier and engaged.

Free-to-attend conference for HR and reward practitioners.

One great event, two locations… London, 27 November 2017



Meet and greet – tea, coffee and registration
Welcome address
Maggie Williams, consultant editor, Reward
Keynote address | A healthy ageing workforce: Fuller Working Lives policy and practice
Lorraine Hennessy, policy lead, fuller working lives financial incentives and labour market, Department for Work and Pensions

Panel discussion | Beating stress in the workplace – Impact and prevention

  • Practical methods of preventing stress within your workforce
  • What are the impacts of stress on performance and general wellbeing?
  • Reducing stress through improving workforce efficiency
  • How government and NHS policies and guidelines can help employers

Debbie Jeremiah, head of leadership mindfulness programme, GE
Nigel Wilkinson, safety & wellbeing manager, Avis Budget Group


Advisory session | Recruiting, retaining and motivating: the future belongs to those who prepare today
Research shows 76% of millennials would leave a job if they felt unappreciated. But how do we demonstrate appreciation? Health Insurance? Gym membership? Is that really enough to make your organisation attract the best talent?

This session discusses how traditional benefits can prove futile when trying to build a proactive, forward thinking, engaged team. We explore a truly unique benefit that will redefine the landscape, making your employees feel valued 10, 20 years into the future.

Stem cell banking. Saving and changing lives today and tomorrow.
Dr Amr Abid, chief operating officer, Precious Cells

Re-energise – tea, coffee and networking
Case study | Creating a sense of community: building an employee engagement strategy
To have mentally well employees, it’s crucial to create a good atmosphere in the workplace. Whether if it’s about recognition or work-life balance, it’s a must for employers to design a strategy which improves and increases employee engagement. So, what should employers be focused on? How can they put their ideas into practice?
This case study will examine the current trends in employee engagement and ask how you can successfully build a sense of community within your workforce.
Susan Coulson, director of people, Home Group
Advisory session | Wellbeing on a budget
How UK-based companies with subsidiaries abroad can give employees access to local wellbeing benefits and services – helping to improve employee engagement and absence management – even on a limited budget. We take a full end-to-end view from ensuring local compliance to achieving global consistency of approach and competitiveness.
Damian Ross, regional manager – UK, Ireland & Nordics, Generali Employee Benefits Network

Advisory session | Could your employees be suffering in silence? Strategies for managing employee mental health

  • Stress is now the top cause of employee absences lasting four weeks or more
  • See how research shows employers are mis-reading their employees’ willingness to discuss mental health issues with a company representative
  • Why do 32% of employees surveyed feel that they have no one to talk to?
  • Learn how to encourage workplace conversations that will benefit your company
  • Take away useful ideas to raise awareness of the support available

Charlotte Bray, head of rehabilitation, Legal & General

Refuel – lunch and networking

Case study | Financial wellbeing: the last taboo of the workplace

  • Taking action: how to influence employees’ saving behaviour and support their financial wellbeing
  • Impacts of poor financial wellbeing on employee engagement and productivity
  • Educating your workforce throughout their working lives
  • Aligning the financial wellbeing strategy with the existing business objectives

Speaker to be confirmed


Panel discussion | Musculoskeletal disorders in the workplace: the role of HR
Each year, 140 million working days are lost to sickness absence. Approximately 60% of this absence is due to musculoskeletal disorders, such as back pain, or upper and lower limb pain.

  • Who should manage the return to work of an employee who has had a musculoskeletal disorder?
  • How do HR and line managers make decisions with regard to the type of work the employee could be doing?
  • How quickly can they return to full duties?
  • What happened if the return to work fails?

Karen Walker Bone, professor of occupational rheumatology and director, Arthritis Research UK/MRC Centre for Musculoskeletal Health and Work
Panellists to be confirmed

Advisory session | Details to be confirmed
Speaker to be confirmed
Re-energise – tea, coffee and networking

Panel discussion | Looking forward: enhancing technology to boost workplace health

  • Flexibility: how new technology can enable employees to enhance their work/life balance through flexible working hours and home working
  • Keep your employees on track: Wearable technologies and health apps to make raise awareness of, and participation in, physical activities
  • The bottom line: What’s the cost of health and wellbeing tech? And what is the impact in terms of bottom line and return on investment?

Panellists to be confirmed

Keynote address | Developing a culture of wellbeing: getting cross-company buy-in
Speaker to be confirmed

Summary and close
Maggie Williams, consultant editor, Reward

Programme and speakers correct at time of publication but subject to change.


Wellbeing in the Workplace is an unmissable opportunity to showcase your credentials as a wellbeing expert.  Our programme is packed with opportunities to build brand awareness, generate leads and demonstrate thought leadership – contact Kavita Brown, commercial director on 020 7618 3099 to build your perfect package.

Thanks to this year's sponsors


The Lowry
Art & Entertainment
Pier 8, The Quays
M50 3AZ

27 September 2017 | 09:00 – 16:30

Contact us


Kavita Brown
Commercial director
020 7618 3099

Shaun Weeks
Sales executive
020 7618 3062

Speaker and programme enquires

Rocio Sarriegui
Senior live content development manager
020 76183463

Event management

Natalie Richards
Head of events
020 7618 3062