Public Health England and Business in the Community published a physical activity, healthy eating and healthier weight toolkit aimed at employers which consolidates the best evidence, employer practice and aligned with the best freely available resources.
‘A lack of physical activity and poor eating habits leads to an unhealthy workforce. Around a third of adults in England are damaging their health through a lack of physical activity. In fact, one in four women and one in five men in England are defined as inactive, doing less than 30 minutes of moderate physical activity each week. This is costing the UK taxpayer over £60 billion per year . Employers have a responsibility to provide safe workplaces that do not damage an employee’s health and environments that support healthier lifestyle choices.
A healthier workforce can be more productive, take less time off sick and stay in employment for longer. Greater physical activity, healthy eating and achieving a healthier weight are critical strands of wellbeing and a contributing factor for a healthier and more productive workforce’.
Public health England and Business in the Community have published today the first ever sleep and recovery toolkit aimed at all employers which consolidates the best evidence, employer practice and aligned with the best freely available resources.
County Durham were celebrating this week after a double win at the Royal Society for Public Health (RSPH) Awards.
County Durham Better Health at Work team were the winner of the Workplace Health and Wellbeing Award 2017. A special surprise was being awarded one of only two National Public Health England (PHE) Commendations for their efforts to Reduce Inequalities at a Community Level.
The Judging Panel said “This programme has impressive levels of engagement and participation, particularly from hard-to-reach groups in areas of high deprivation. Its engagement with local businesses at all levels enables best practice to be shared, while the range of campaigns and the outcomes demonstrated from these campaigns are also very impressive.”
Carol Gaskarth, PCP Chief Executive said “We are very proud of our partnership approach to help local businesses to understand the importance of workplace health. This achievement showcases their brilliant work, well done to them all”.
Any business within County Durham can sign up to the award to achieve a healthier and happier workforce and become an employer of choice.
The Better Health at Work Award team have been shortlisted for the RSPH Workplace Health & Wellbeing Award. We’ll find out at the awards ceremony held in London, on the 19th October if we’ve been successful. Fingers crossed!
Read more about the awards & those who’ve been shortlisted.
Business in the Community along with Public Health England, supported by The Samaritans, have designed a toolkit to help organisations adopt a strategy to reduce the risk of a suicide that will have an impact on the workplace. When you think about the statistic, that in England a person dies by suicide every 107 minutes, then this toolkit could play a part in preventing it.
IPPR BITC Report– Millennials and mental health in the modern labour market, published last week. The 60 second Summary offers some employer recommendations – the majority of which tie-in with the Award asks, but the suggestion of introducing a formal ‘workers’ forum’ for those with more than 50 employees is interesting… and maybe something for the criteria review?
The report shows younger workers (born since 1982) in part-time and temporary work – as well as those who are underemployed and/or overqualified – are more likely to experience poorer mental health and wellbeing, compared to those in more permanent, secure and/or fulfilling work.
To download the full publication & executive summary, click on the link below
Should employers be concerned with workers’ financial well-being?
The consensus from academic research, professional and trade associations, media, and leading employers is that employee financial problems negatively impact the employer’s bottom line. Employers who provide employees access to information and resources to increase their personal financial literacy and money management behaviors improve their profitability.
The strong correlations among personal finances, stress levels, health, and family relationships are well established. So are the correlations between financial well-being and the direct employee costs of absenteeism, administration, lost productivity, and turnover. An employee’s financial well-being conditions his or her job satisfaction, engagement, and productivity. Low engagement from just one employee impairs the productivity of co-workers.
Studies show that employee financial wellness can improve morale in the workplace. Benefits of financial wellness programs in the workplace include:
Improvement in workplace productivity
Improvement in employee morale
Improvement in organization loyalty
Reduced workplace distractions
Financial education programs can be a cost effective benefit that can create a more focused, engaged, and productive workforce.
To learn more, visit the PFEEF (Personal Finance Employee Education Fund) website