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Workplace wellbeing charter

The Workplace Wellbeing Charter provides organisations of all sizes with personalised support and examples of best practice to improve the overall health and wellbeing for all employees. There are over 40 funded programmes throughout England which provide support and accreditation free of charge. The eight areas of the Charter are Leadership, Absence Management, Health and Safety, Mental Health, Smoking, Physical Activity, Healthy Eating and Alcohol.

What are the benefits?

There is a growing body of evidence to show the financial benefits enjoyed by organisations that implement well-being programmes, including reduced sickness absence, improved productivity and reduced staff turnover. With employers and employees bearing the burden of sickness absence costs, and the economy losing the output of those who are not in work, it’s in everyone’s interests to improve the health and well-being of working age people. According to the Office of National Statistics 131 million days were lost due to sickness absences in the UK in 2013.

For many employers, the costs of ill-health, which, given the ageing population and the increase in chronic disease, will only grow in the absence of intervention, is enough to justify a comprehensive wellness scheme The charter award shows a commitment to the staff in an organisation and helps to create a workplace environment which supports good health and wellbeing, which in turn brings considerable business benefits.

How do we get involved?

Read the information on the Workplace Wellbeing Charter website and familiarise yourself with the Workplace Wellbeing Charter and its different levels. It is relevant to all businesses, no matter how big or small they are, as long as they employ staff and can demonstrate their commitment to the health and wellbeing of those staff.

Employers can sign up to the charter using our online self-assessment tool, and find out what they are already doing right, and where they need to improve. The process involves benchmarking of current practice at Commitment, Achievement or Excellence followed by clear guidance on how to make improvements with support and resources provided. Organisations are assessed and awarded a certificate, receive a report and are listed on the national Wellbeing Charter website as employers of choice.

Health @ Work is registered independent charity whose vision is to make every day a good day at work by creating safer, healthier and happier workplaces. Health @ Work are based in Liverpool and lead on the delivery of the Workplace Wellbeing Charter across England.

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