Worcestershire Works Well celebrates health successes in the workplace

Published Thursday, 16th June 2016

The Worcestershire Works Well initiative has organised an event to celebrate improved health in the workplace and recognise the achievements of three local businesses for improved health and wellbeing

The Worcestershire Works Well Bi-annual event, took place on May 19 and was organised by Worcestershire Works Well partnership.   As well as recognising businesses for their work in promoting healthy workplaces, the events also discuss current workplace health and wellbeing issues.  

On this occasion the topic was Mental Health and the event invited speakers on the subject that included Jo Min (MIND), Chris Last (MIND), Ben Whelan (MIND), Sarah Taylor-Robinson (Worcestershire Health and Care Trust) and Simona Stokes (Worcestershire Health and Care Trust) while Jennifer Moreton and Rachael Simpson (Wyre Forest District Council) spoke about their organisations success in the initiative.  

Worcestershire Works Well is a countywide initiative which aims to support businesses to improve the health of their staff.   Workplace health programmes have been found to offer great benefits for businesses and a great opportunity for employees to improve their health.  These can have a positive affect and achieve real savings for businesses, such as reduced sickness absence, lower staff turnover and accidents in work reduce. 

Guest of honour, Mark Garnier MP who opened the event, said: “It was both a pleasure and honour to be asked to open the WWW event. Guiding employers on how to deliver better work environments, tailored to the health and wellbeing needs of employees, is incredibly important. This is not about simply following rules: it is about learning best practice and how a healthy and happy work force delivers better productivity. Worcestershire Works Well is an important organisation.”

Cllr John Smith, Worcestershire County Council's cabinet member for health and wellbeing added: "We are keen to get the message across that its everyone's responsibility to take care of their health.  Encouraging healthy workplaces not only reinforces this but has been proved to have real benefits for the businesses.  This event is a great way to share ideas and recognise those businesses who are leading the business community when it comes to having a healthy workplace."  

For more information or to sign up to the scheme visit the Worcestershire Works Well website http://www.worcestershireworkswell.co.uk/ or contact us WWWAdmin@worcestershire.gov.uk