In a virtual age, it seems like every man and his dog has an online community of some description, right?
Well, you’re not wrong – we’re more connected than ever.
Across different sectors, there’s a greater demand for community-led approaches, and that’s no different for the Occupational Health and wellbeing sector.
Occupational Health providers aim to ensure employees have a positive relationship between their work and their health, which is exactly why providers know the value of support.
Why was the Simply-People community created?
The usual pitfalls of fruitless searches for associates, inadequate training and difficulties making connections with peers and colleagues on a wide scale in the sector are all very familiar to our founder, Danny Clarke.
Improving the physical and mental wellbeing of employees in the workplace is no small feat, which is why having a support network is so vital in keeping those in Occupational Health equally encouraged.
Whether you’re looking to find business partners, employees, suppliers or clients, the power of a UK-wide network is both in the range of experience and the sheer reach.
It starts by giving value.
You can’t have a thriving community if there’s no value, and there’s hardly a universal way to give that.
However, the challenges and day-to-day work of Occupational Health providers is unique, because it’s a sector that, in a way, demands continual development.
Unlike other sectors, Occupational Health and wellbeing aren’t stationary and continually adapt as our understanding does.
It’s for that very reason that we value our events so much – delivered by the UK’s industry experts, these events aren’t passive – they’re built to give practical and actionable advice to you and your team.
A proactive approach means you aren’t left empty-handed, simply because you can choose exactly how involved you want to be in everything that’s available.
Events, workshops, coaching groups and networking are all a part of Simply-People’s community, and it’s entirely up to you which areas you prioritise!
There’s still a gap.
As a society, we’ve come a long way when it comes to discussing wellbeing and mental health generally.
That doesn’t mean we’ve not still got much further to go.
A community shouldn’t be exclusive, it should be inclusive, and we don’t believe that topics should be avoided due to a societal pressure that makes them ‘taboo’.
We have groups focusing on women’s health, inclusivity and neurodiversity, whilst also providing business-type content around marketing and employment law.
Both inclusivity and business development is essential in growing a great business and your knowledge base, too!
2020 saw a shift in priorities for everyone.
The power of community has certainly been under a spotlight since 2020.
Now, more than ever, we understand how essential it is to have a network of like-minded people around us, which isn’t set to change anytime soon.
Part of this shift will be seen in businesses, too, as wellbeing has taken the forefront of discussions like never before.
There are a number of changes to contend with, such as shifts to hybrid working models and a renewed focus on mental health and wellbeing in the workplace, which means Occupational Health providers may be under more pressure or in higher demand as time goes on.
Whilst traditionally, professionals in Occupational Health may have worked in silos, Simply-People’s community aims to provide an environment for collaboration, professional development and a judgement-free space for providers to seek advice.
In a sector with so many specialisms, the possibilities are endless.
We already know peer-to-peer support is valuable.
From empowerment to engagement, peer support offers a sense of connection in communities whilst also providing a strong basis for mutual exchange, advice, social integration and emotional support1.
In a sector that can face so many challenges around finding the right clients, trying to juggle their marketing efforts and undergoing continual training that may not be right or exciting for them – why wouldn’t you want something different?
We truly believe in the power of community – it’s why we do what we do.
Improving the mental and physical health and wellbeing of employees is hardly a walk in the park, which is why having a strong support network can make such a big difference.
You shouldn’t have to jump through hoops and watch flies coming out of your wallet with industry memberships or communities that don’t deliver what you need them to.
You should be able to find opportunities for personal and professional development, both in the community and the resources within it.
If you’d like to be a part of the UK-wide Simply-People community and attend events, access resources and forums, and connect with like-minded Occupational Health and wellbeing providers, you can join up in minutes.
Then you can start attending regular events, workshops, coaching groups and networking – all whilst being in groups that discuss topics around women’s health, inclusivity, neurodiversity and business development skills.
We’d be happy to have you!