We are delighted to announce we have been assessed and successfully passed our Bronze Award for Better Health at Work Award.
For too long, the North East has had a reputation for being of being an ‘unhealthy’ place to live and work; unfortunately borne out by our fairly shocking life expectancy rate and high long-term sickness and disability figures.
To help combat this, a partnership project unique to the North East was created and the Better Health at Work Award was established to take health and wellbeing into the workplace.
This partnership has now been taken forward by the Northern TUC, with the support and endorsement from Public Health England.
Workplace Health is an important and integral part of the regional public health strategy and is even more relevant in these challenging times, when companies need to use every tool available to ensure their productivity and competitiveness.
With more than 400 regional employers participating in the scheme so far, as well as the very favourable findings of at least two independent evaluations, both the need for and effectiveness of the Award for all concerned is clear.
Individuals benefit from increased access to health information and interventions where they wouldn’t normally – in more than one instance, workplace activity generated by the Award has potentially saved lives – identifying dangerously high cholesterol levels and early stage cancers.
At the same time, employers benefit from improved morale, dramatically lower levels of absenteeism and increased productivity. There are few more apparent win-win situations.
A huge thank you to Alison Reeves and Sue Leather for all their support and guidance in completing the award, especially during the particularly difficult circumstances of the past 12 months.
Onwards to silver now…..