Businesses and organisations can directly influence their employees’ health.
We want to encourage, inspire and support employers to create health-enhancing, engaged and productive workplaces through the use of health and wellbeing frameworks such as our Local Healthy Workplace Award and the Good Work Standard.
- Importance of workforce health and wellbeing
- Reducing health inequalities
- Workplace health and wellbeing frameworks
Promoting and supporting employee wellbeing is important for better work and working lives. An effective workplace health and wellbeing programme can deliver mutual benefits to people, organisations, economies and communities.
The CIPD's 2022 Health and Wellbeing at Work Survey identified the top three benefits of increasing focus on employee wellbeing:
- A healthier and more inclusive culture
- Better work-life balance
- Better employee morale and engagement
Health inequalities lead to productivity losses of between £31–33 billion each year in England alone.
In partnership with Legal & General, the UCL Institute of Health Equity have launched 'The Business of Health Equity: The Marmot Review for Industry' which sets out three ways business can improve people’s lives by reducing health inequality:
- Promote the health of employees through pay and benefits, hours and job security and conditions of work
- Support the health of clients, customers and shareholders through products and services they provide and investments they make
- Influence the health of individuals in communities through investment influence, procurement, and supply networks
Evidence based health and wellbeing frameworks can be a structured way for businesses and employers to consider workforce health and wellbeing and play a role in reducing health inequalities.
- Benchmarking your organisation against an independent set of standards
- Using an evidence-based blueprint to design your employee health and wellbeing programmes
- Gaining recognition as a top employer
Local Healthy Workplace Award
We administer the Local Healthy Workplace Award, which uses a framework developed by the Mayor of London's Office and the Office for Health Improvement and Disparities (previously known as Public Health England). It acts as template for good practice and recognises employers in the borough who invest in their employees’ health and wellbeing.
The framework is made up of three pillars:
- Corporate support for wellbeing
- Mental health and wellbeing
- Healthy lifestyle promotion
For more information about the Local Healthy Workplace Award and how to sign up, email email@example.com.
Good Work Standard
The Mayor’s Good Work Standard is a simple and easy-to-access accreditation scheme with a programme of communications and events for a community of employers interested in good work.
Achieving this provides clear and easy steps for employers to make their workplaces healthier and happier.
The standard has been developed in collaboration with London employers, professional bodies and experts. It is organised into four key pillars:
- Fair pay and conditions
- Workplace wellbeing
- Skills and progression
- Diversity and recruitment
You can find more information on the requirements of the Good Work Standard on the GLA website.
On 25 July 2023, Public Health Richmond hosted the first of a series of online workshops delivered by Let's Improve Workplace Wellbeing – a non-profit Community Interest Company whose aim is to support workplace wellbeing.
You can watch the workshop on YouTube.
How businesses can support employee mental wellbeing
This workshop will be held on Tuesday 28 November 2023 from 12.30 to 1.30pm.
It will cover:
- Defining mental health
- Current landscape and Legislature
- How do we reduce stigma around mental ill health
- How you can encourage and build supportive communities and promote open conversations
- Aligning and thinking about tangible actions you can take to support management knowledge and behaviours
- How to improve employee resilience and knowledge
Register to attend How businesses can support employee mental wellbeing on Zoom.
Resources are available to support employers and organisations in the borough with their journey to a healthy workplace.
Making Every Contact Count (MECC) training
MECC is an approach to behaviour change that uses the thousands of day-to-day interactions that organisations and individuals have with other people to support them in making positive changes to their physical and mental health and wellbeing.
How MECC works
It supports the delivery of consistent and concise healthy lifestyle information and enables individuals to engage in conversations about their health at scale across organisations and the local population.
About the training
Wandsworth Council has developed a series of short online training courses to support staff in developing the skills needed to:
- Identify people who could benefit from additional support
- Raise the issue with them through a conversation
- Signpost to local services
How MECC training supports a healthy workplace
By equipping a work force to be better able to help others, job satisfaction is likely to improve.
In addition, a number of courses are of direct benefit to the staff themselves (see ‘Emotional Health and Wellbeing’), and consequently their friends, colleagues, and family.
If you need further information or support about any of the above, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Up to: Services for business
Updated: 17 October 2023