1st Edition

Healthy High Performance Unlocking Business Success Through Employee Wellbeing

By Monika Misra, Cary Cooper Copyright 2025
    214 Pages 14 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    214 Pages 14 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Covid19 and the subsequent lockdowns and changes to working patterns have provided the opportunity to reframe the purpose of health and wellbeing in organisations.

    Empowering employees to work in ways that optimise their performance, acknowledging both personal and work demands, has opened up possibilities for business that had previously not been considered or even resisted. All savvy organisations will take this as a point in time to rethink HR practice for the benefits of employees and employers. Written by world-renowned expert on wellbeing in organisations, Cary Cooper, and Head of Employee Health and Wellbeing (EMEA) at GlaxoSmithKline, Monika Misra, the book provides clear evidence of what worked well during the lockdowns. They use company, national and international survey results to establish the voice of employees and provide a framework for a three-level response by organisations (including comprehensive wellbeing package), management (including greater communication and mental health support) and employee (building on peer to peer support).

    This concise book will provide an essential resource to help HR Directors, managers and company leaders use the new ways of working during the Covid19 pandemic to rethink, reboot, reframe and deliver new ways of working for employee wellbeing and improved performance.

    Chapter 1: The opportunity: Employee health and wellbeing is a strategic enabler of business success. Employee engagement, Wellbeing, The business case, Organisational response to Covid-19, Actions, Case studies: UK Policing, Chapter 2: Employee health and wellbeing must be a top company priority, Gain commitment from the top, Embed employee health and wellbeing into the business agenda, Leverage CEO influence, Appoint a board level sponsor with clear responsibilities, Appoint a health and wellbeing board, Engage the executive team to deliver the EHW agenda, Invest in an EHW service to deliver a comprehensive EHW strategy, Activate all levels of the organisation to bring the strategy to life, Take an ecosystem approach to employee wellbeing, Actions, Case studies: British Petroleum, UK Policing, Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh NHS Trust, Gloucestershire NHS Trust, SE Coast Ambulance NHS trust, Serco Group plc, Suez Recycling and recovery UK, British Telecom, Chapter 3: Health and Wellbeing must be owned by and driven through business leaders, Impact of line management experiences on employee health and wellbeing, The three key roles of the line manager in employee health and wellbeing: Self-care; Check-in; Create a culture of trust, Supporting line managers to build these core competencies, Actions, Case studies: Suez Recycling and Recovery UK, British Telecom,  Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh NHS Trust, John Lewis, UK Policing, Chapter 4: Wellbeing in the context of diversity, equity, and inclusion, Groups at greater risk of poor wellbeing: Role type; Low-income groups; Ethnic minority groups; Female and younger workers; Carers, Reaching workers that need help the most, Tackling stigma, The value of Employee resource groups, Actions, Case studies: National Health Service, Transport of London, John Lewis, UK Policing, Suez Recycling and Recovery, Serco, British Telecom, GlaxoSmithKline, Chapter 5: The flexible worker, Pre-pandemic position on flexible working, Covid-19- The paradigm shifts in flexible working practices, Benefits of working flexibly, Challenges of working flexibly, Show to support managers, Actions, Case Studies: Devon and Cornwall Police, UK policing, Wrightington Wigan and Leigh Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Transport for London, Ryan Hopkins, Chapter 6: the 5 fundamentals of successful wellbeing strategies, Data-driven decisions, Inclusive Approach, Health and wellbeing Expertise, Expand Awareness and Access, Measure impact and Act, Actions, Case studies: John Lewis, Suez Recycling and recovery UK, British Telecom, BAM UK&IRL, NHS, UK Policing, NHS, Serco, Wrightington Wigan and Leigh Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, UK Policing


    Dr Monika Misra, European head of Associate Health and Wellbeing, Mars Inc.

    Professor Sir Cary Cooper, CBE. 50th Anniversary Professor of Organizational Psychology & Health, Alliance Manchester Business School, University of Manchester 

    “Cary and Monika have achieved something extraordinary. This brave and innovative book addresses the issue that dare not speak its name – Wellness. Anyone involved in leading a team should read it. The whole person comes to work and more the whole person is considered, the more powerful the engagement will become. This book is ahead of its time.” Chris LewisFounder and CEO of Team Lewis, UK/US

    "Wellbeing should be seen both as an outcome of good work, and a driver of an engaged and productive workforce. This book excellently brings together the evidence and the practices that drive a holistic and strategic approach to wellbeing, citing research and case studies in a way that is accessible to every leader and manager." Peter CheeseCEO of CIPD, UK