Promoting Health & Wellbeing

More and more organisations in Gloucestershire are recognising the importance of investing in a happy and healthy workforce.

The number of working days lost in the UK due to sickness and ill health continues to grow, with an increase in both mental and physical health conditions at work. These include:

  • Stress, anxiety and depression
  • Lower back pain and other musculoskeletal disorders
  • Long term conditions – often attributable to unhealthy lifestyle choices such as smoking, physical inactivity and poor diet.

All UK organisations have a duty of care and legal responsibility to support the health and wellbeing of their employees. What’s more, supporting and encouraging your employees to thrive at work and in their personal lives is proven to increase productivity, reduce sickness absence and improve performance.

All UK organisations are required by law to protect the health, safety and welfare of their employees as far as is reasonably practicable while at work. Your organisation will already have relevant policies, measures and training in place around matters such as manual handling, preventing accidents and injuries, first aid, working with machinery and equipment, at height or with display screen equipment. For more information, guidance and support materials around health and safety at work, visit the Health and Safety Executive website.

Good employers recognise the importance of regular and effective two-way communication at work. Strong communication keeps employees informed, builds trust, boosts morale, job satisfaction and productivity.

Managers who communicate well, whether they’re delegating tasks, managing conflict, supporting or motivating their teams will get the best out of their teams. Giving your employees a voice is equally important. This encourages innovation and collaboration, improves performance, motivates and helps achieve your strategic objectives.

Managers who build trust and relationships help increase confidence and may also encourage employees to speak up about issues affecting their physical and mental health and wellbeing.

Recruiting high quality employees and providing the conditions for them to thrive and develop are essential for your organisation’s growth and success.

Working towards and achieving the Healthy Workplaces Gloucestershire Award demonstrates your commitment to your employees, their personal development and positive health and wellbeing. This in turn helps attract new employees, retain them and get the best out of all your employees.

Promoting healthy lifestyle behaviours, having policies and procedures in place to support safety at work, encourage personal development and create a culture of happiness, trust and transparency all help reduce sickness absence, increase loyalty, motivation, performance and productivity.

Browse through our sections for information and suggestions to support your employees’ physical and mental health and wellbeing.