We caught up with Amy Priest – Wellbeing Manager at Experian and speaker at the upcoming Workplace Wellbeing and Stress Forum – to discuss her role and wellbeing expertise
What is your background and how long have you been involved in wellbeing and mental health?
My professional background is pretty varied. More recently I have been able to dedicate a lot of my time to mental health awareness and wellbeing in a professional capacity which has been incredibly challenging but very rewarding. Being able to help bring attention to mental health in a dedicated wellbeing role is a huge step forward for businesses wanting to support their workforce be their best self.
What are some challenges regarding wellbeing and how can we begin to address them?
We have a gap in our support and training for managers that we’re making a big priority. We know from listening to our people that getting that initial conversation right is so important, so we’re looking at creative ways we can engage with everyone to make not just managers but everyone aware of how to talk about traditionally difficult topics as well as how we support them going forwards. We’ve reviewed our existing support pathways and are now looking to streamline a dedicated wellbeing support service to enable everyone.
What trends do you foresee in the future of wellbeing and mental health?
The industry tells us that technology is the future of wellbeing and mental health, but we’re a pretty split nation around the concerns of how much screen-time we get and whether that’s good for our mental health and we shouldn’t neglect that. However there’s some amazing technology out there that really enables people to take proactive control and manage their mental health so I foresee this being where our wellbeing budgets go.
What is your favourite part of your job?
There’s never one day that’s the same as the next. I am constantly learning in this space and I get to hear from people what matters most to them and try to find solutions to remove the barriers they may face. The team around me enable and support me, there’s no reason why everyone can’t feel the same. And that’s part of my job, to try and ensure that we’re giving people the best chance they can to be their best selves inside and outside of work.
Amy will be joining the 14th annual Workplace Wellbeing and Stress Forum to present a talk on ‘Understanding what matters most to your people, taking action and finding solutions‘ as well as taking part in a panel discussion on developing a strong financial wellbeing strategy to foster a productive workforce.