Why a Healthy Workplace?

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.

On this website you will find information and resources to help you achieve the Healthy Workplaces Gloucestershire Award, along with tips and advice on how to improve health and wellbeing in the workplace.

Our website provides a resource toolkit for employers to cover all sections of the Wellbeing Award to support your journey. On each of the pages below we have added a resource toolkit that provide free and reliable local and national resources to support businesses with each section of the Award these are:

Promoting Health and Wellbeing 
Mental Wellbeing and Stress Reduction 
Back Pain Prevention
Stop Smoking
Alcohol and Substance Misuse
Physical Activity
Healthy Eating
Personal Safety 


Best-You is a FREE online platform and app that you and your staff can use as your own personal platform to communicate, create goals and track your progress.

Create a private Group and invite employees to discuss healthy lifestyles at work – activity, healthy eating or anything else that fits your organisation.

Employees can create goals for alcohol, activity, healthy eating and smoking. Users can track their progress against their goal each day and Best-You will give motivational feedback. 

Best-You is full of helpful guidance for alcohol, activity, healthy eating and smoking.