Why Healthy Workplaces?

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.

The Healthy Workplaces Gloucestershire Award recognises local employers for the work they do to support their employees’ health and wellbeing. The award is FREE and open to all Gloucestershire organisations, large and small. Working towards the award is a progressive process and there are two awards available – a foundation level and an enhanced award. 

Through the process, you will evidence having a series of activities and measures in place in your workplace to support positive health and wellbeing. These include support around mental and physical health, safety at work, personal and leadership development, communication and flexible working.