C – Celebrate – Recover our wellbeing

What makes a great day at work? You might be surprised. This one simple thing is the number one driver of good days at work across the NHS. Watch it now. You’ll thank us…

RECOVER YOUR WELLBEING outlines 7 conversations you can have with your teams. Each topic is evidence-based and can be applied right away to improve the wellbeing in your team.

This video has been shared with the NHS Leadership Academy with the kind permission of A Kind Life whose mission is to spread kindness in healthcare. These short videos give you a taster of A Kind Life’s approach to creating kinder cultures.


Recover outlines seven conversations you can have with your teams. Each topic is evidence based, so simply having these discussions will improve the wellbeing of the team they C and recover stands for celebrate. When people feel valued, it lifts the mood, it boosts morale, creates motivation. Everywhere I work appreciation is consistently in the top three things that make a great day at work. It drives engagement, and it also drives repetition and improves relationships and results. Here’s why. We know that genuine appreciation isn’t just giving a vague “Oh, thanks for the hard work.” Genuine praise means seeing and noticing the specific little things people do and appreciating those. And you know what happens when you appreciate something specific someone has done? It builds confidence because it lets us know we’re doing something right. So appreciation drives repetition because when you know what you want to see and you appreciate it, people will do more of it. Evidence shows that the strongest relationships at work and at home have a positive ratio of praise to criticism. And improvement. science shows the organisations that look to fix only what’s not working never improve. It’s the teams and organisations that identify what is working and learn from, and celebrate, and repeat that it’s those teams that get better results. So you can access the benefits of appreciation, not randomly but intentionally, by making time for people to call out the wonderful things colleagues have done that deserve praise.

Having now watched the video, please take a moment to reflect on the following questions:

Q: What key piece of learning will you take from this video?

Q: How will you put your learning back into your professional practice?

Q: How did this video make you feel? 

Please feel free to share your reflections in the comments section below.

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