The Better Health at Work Award recognises organisations in the North East and Cumbria who have help to address health issues in the workplace and aim to reduce sickness absence. There are 4 levels to the award – beginning with Bronze, Silver, Gold and then Continuing Excellence. As it’s our first submission for the award, we are delighted to have obtained a Bronze award!
In order to gain a Bronze level award, Connect’s Health Advocates answered a questionnaire which addressed all areas of workplace health and carried out three campaigns to promote a healthy workforce. These included;
- Stress Less month – this took place throughout November and promoted our new employee assistance programme, groups walking and running clubs across our business park and our pop and chip party, for which we covered the entire room in bubble wrap and invited colleagues along to come and pop it (image).
- A number of activities to promote physical exercise including our Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge, the CSP’s Workout at Work Day, our Paralympic games sports day and Kielder bike ride.
- Dryathlon – this involved employees abstaining from alcohol throughout the month of September, with some colleagues continuing with their drink ban post September
Lisa Davidson, Human Resource Director had this to say about the award win:
“We are delighted that Connect has obtained Bronze level for the North East Better Health at Work Awards. Through our ongoing wellbeing strategy, we actively encourage colleagues to lead a healthy lifestyle both in and out of work and the Bronze award is recognition for all of this hard work.”
Congratulations to the Health Advocates who entered a strong submission for this year. Plans are already underway for the Silver submission, which includes a Healthy Lifestyle month in January and various campaigns throughout 2017.