The Unmind Blueprint: A scientific approach to wellbeing strategy

July 4, 2023

Naomi Lucking


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More and more organisations are coming to understand the importance of employee wellbeing. But for many People leaders, it can be hard to know where to start. 

You’ve got employee wellbeing benefits – an EAP, gym membership, maybe even a mental health app –  but you don’t know if they’re really making a difference. 

The problem is that too many organisations have a benefits mindset, rather than a strategic mindset, when it comes to employee wellbeing. 

They’re not taking the time to understand the real drivers of employee wellbeing and jumping to solutions before they’ve understood the problem. 

We created the Unmind Blueprint to help you understand the key factors that impact employee wellbeing and evidence-based solutions you can use to address these factors. 

Here we cover what the Unmind Blueprint is and how you can use it at your organisation. 

Why all organisations need a wellbeing strategy

The average person spends over 90,000 hours at work in their lifetime – we should be doing everything we can to make those hours good for our wellbeing. 

But employee wellbeing isn’t just good for people, it’s good for business too. 

Mentally healthy organisations are 220% more likely to meet financial targets
The estimated ROI of employers investing in effective workplace wellbeing solutions is $5.3:$1

Despite an increased investment in employee wellbeing over the last few years, most organisations aren’t managing to move the needle. 

According to Deloitte’s 2023 Wellbeing at Work survey, most employees say their wellbeing worsened or stayed the same compared to the previous year. Around half said they ‘always’ or ‘often’ feel exhausted (52%), stressed (49%) or overwhelmed (43%). 

What is the Unmind Blueprint?

We all know that wellbeing isn’t one-dimensional. Its impacted by all different parts of our lives – from our relationships, to work, right up to the political and economic systems we live in. 

The Unmind Blueprint is a map of all the factors that impact our wellbeing, and evidence-based interventions we can use to address these factors. 

To create the Unmind Blueprint, we got together a group of psychologists and subject matter experts. 

They spent months reviewing over 500 evidence-based interventions and 20 major workplace mental health frameworks including ISO 45003, SafeWork Australia’s CoP and the advice of the US Surgeon General. 

They then synthesised it all down into categories sitting at five levels of influence and evidence-based interventions at each level.

Level 1: Personal 

This covers our personal circumstances, our physical health, our demographics and how they intersect.

Level 2: Interpersonal 

This covers our relationships with others – in the workplace, this could be how well supported we are by our managers, or how connected we feel to our colleagues. 

Level 3: Organisational 

Things like workplace culture and change management.

Level 4: Legislation & Standards 

Laws and standards that affect our wellbeing, for example psychosocial safety laws in Australia.

Level 5: Wider System 

Broader picture issues, like the economy and the political systems we live in.

“I'm so proud of what we have achieved with the Unmind Blueprint. It's an enormous piece of work and something we can be incredibly confident in. It brings a strong evidence base to workplace wellbeing and is guiding everything we do.”  – Dr Kate Daley, Head of Psychology

How to use the Unmind Blueprint

Using the Unmind Blueprint, our experts create tailored wellbeing strategies to improve employee wellbeing and transform the performance of your whole organisation.

Get the handbook for:

  • A deeper understanding of the Unmind Blueprint 
  • Initial prompts to help you understand wellbeing at your organisation 
  • High-level recommendations for implementing strategies and solutions for each level of the Unmind Blueprint. 

To get an in-depth assessment of your organisation and a plan for transformation using evidence-based solutions, book a call with us.