Gloucestershire Employers Have Been Recognised for Their Workplace Wellbeing Programmes
“The Healthy Workplaces Award is an opportunity to celebrate organisations of all shapes and sizes from across Gloucestershire who have taken steps to improve the wellbeing of their team members and helped foster happier, healthier workplaces." - John Russell, Service Director
Gloucestershire employers have been recognised for their workplace wellbeing programmes, at the Healthy Workplaces Gloucestershire Awards (7th December 2023). Returning to The Growth Hub at the University of Gloucestershire’s Oxstalls campus, this year’s awards celebrated 14 organisations from across the county who have achieved their Foundation and Enhanced awards over the past year.
The Healthy Workplaces Award recognises organisations across Gloucestershire who are committed to improving the health and wellbeing of their employees. Suitable for organisations of all shapes and sizes, they are assessed through a series of online standards and commitments in a range of health areas from mental wellbeing and stress reduction to healthy eating to physical activity.
Tom Bryan, Workplace Wellbeing Programme Lead at ICE Creates who manages the award said: “Bringing together a community of like-minded organisations from a range of sectors, and hearing about their experiences and innovations in the field of workplace wellbeing, was truly inspiring. Because our award is flexible and can be tailored to each organisation, it was great to showcase how they have individually navigated the awards framework, so that it reflects and works with their day-to-day operations.”
The Gloucestershire businesses and organisations that have earned the foundation level of the accreditation included The Aspire Foundation, Together In Matson, and ProCook. Recognition was also given to the University of Gloucestershire and The Langley Trust (The Knole), who have achieved both their foundation and enhanced levels.
Virginia McCririck, Head of HR Business Partnering, University of Gloucestershire: “It’s really important to get the award, as it helps you think in a very holistic way about wellbeing at work, and what you as an employer you can do to improve people’s health. As an employer, you have a place in society that sits alongside the other community resources. People spend a lot of time at work, so you can be quite influential to how people live their lives."
Evidence shows that ensuring a healthy culture across organisations can increase productivity, reduce sickness absence, save money and increase profitability. Recipients of this year's awards have worked with the service through the accreditation process over the past year, creating and implementing wellbeing initiatives and cultures that work across their organisations, supporting their workforce to be as healthy as they can be.
The award is part of the Gloucestershire Healthy Lifestyles Service, commissioned by Gloucestershire County Council. Service Director John Russell said: “The Healthy Workplaces Award is an opportunity to celebrate organisations of all shapes and sizes from across Gloucestershire who have taken steps to improve the wellbeing of their team members and helped foster happier, healthier workplaces. There was a real breadth and diversity of businesses who attended, which made for a great experience for those in attendance to be able to network, share experiences and inspire each other.”
If you would like to register your workplace or find out more information on the Healthy Workplaces scheme, please visit www.hwglos.org or call the team on 0800 122 3788.