Wellness Action Plans (WAPs) are a great way to open up conversations about mental health and wellbeing in the workplace, as well as helping you to support your employees’ mental health at work.
Encouraging employees to create their own Wellness Action Plan, either with or without your input, can help improve workplace wellbeing, communication, and engagement.
In this guide, we’ll look at what a Wellness Action Plan is, when to use them and a free template that you can use in your organisation.Click here to download the template
What is a Wellness Action Plan (WAP)?
The Wellness Action Plan (WAP), inspired by Mary Ellen Copeland’s Wellness Recovery Action Plan® (WRAP®) is used around the world to help people manage their workplace wellbeing.
These can be used as a personal tool for the employee themselves to use, as a way of opening up conversations in the workplace, and sometimes even as a way to come up with new ideas as to how managers can support their teams better.
Wellness Action Plans provide a personal and practical approach to managing workplace wellbeing, whilst also opening up conversations about wellbeing and how to better manage it.
When to Use Wellness Action Plans
Wellness Action Plans can be used at any point, regardless of whether employees are struggling with poor mental health or not. They’re an ideal tool for starting conversations about mental health in the workplace, and we encourage all organisations to use these with their team.
You may wish to present these in one-to-one meetings or ask everyone to fill them out during a group discussion or meeting. They are also useful during an employee’s return to work process, particularly if they’ve been off due to poor mental health.
Sometimes, Wellness Action Plans are personal to the employees themselves, but in some cases, they may wish to share theirs with management, HR or wellbeing leads to provide the right level of support.
Wellness Action Plan Template
You are free to download and use our Wellness Action Plan template within your organisation, or even just use it for inspiration. To get a copy, along with this guide, sent directly to your inbox then please fill in the details below.