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Healthy Workforce

There is a growing body of evidence to show the financial benefits enjoyed by organisations that implement wellbeing programmes, including:

  • Reduced sickness absence
  • Improved productivity
  • Reduced staff turnover

There are a number of other significant benefits of a healthy workforce. By encouraging and promoting a healthy workforce, you can improve:

  • Business performance
  • Staff morale
  • Employee engagement

There’s a unique opportunity for organisations in St. Helens to demonstrate their commitment to the wellbeing of their workforce.

Funded practical support and advice is available, including:

  • Workplace Wellbeing Charter
  • NHS Staff Health Checks
  • Healthy Eating
  • Physical Activity
  • Smoking
  • Alcohol and Substance Misuse
  • Mental Health & Stress

The Workplace Wellbeing Charter is a statement of intent, showing your commitment to the health of the people who work for you.

The Charter is funded by Public Health England. Organisations using the Charter benefit in many ways, including:

  • The ability to Audit and Benchmark against an established and independent set of standards - identifying what the organisation already has in place and what gaps there may be in the health, safety and wellbeing of your employees.
  • National recognition - The Charter award process is robust and evidence based. With over 1,000 organisations across England holding the award, the Workplace Wellbeing Charter is now widely recognised as the business standard for health, safety & wellbeing across England.

Whatever the size of your organisation, you can benefit from working towards Charter standards. The entry level has been developed as a baseline for all businesses to achieve and acts as a useful checklist for smaller organisations to ensure legal obligations are met.

The Workplace Wellbeing Charter comes in three levels, each containing different standards that need to be achieved. Some, or all, will be relevant to you depending on the size and direction of your organisation.

  • An established and independent set of standards - identifying what the organisation already has in place and what gaps there may be in the health, safety and wellbeing of your employees.
  • Each of the levels will consider, in different ways, issues such as sickness and absence management, awareness of alcohol and drug abuse, smoking, mental health and stress, healthy eating, physical activity and leadership.
  • Organisations are assessed and awarded a certificate, receive a report and are listed on the national Wellbeing Charter website as employers of choice

We can provide free help and support to achieve the Charter, including the cost of the accreditation.

Don’t miss out on this opportunity, call Sue Waller on 01744 676001, or email: susanwaller@sthelens.gov.uk.