Improving the health and well-being of employees in the workplace is the ongoing key aim of a local scheme – how healthy is your business?
An NHS health specialist is allocated to local organisations to discuss plans for wellbeing at work following significant evidence which shows engaging in workplace health activities has benefits for both employer and employee.
The workplace has enormous potential for improving the health of the adult population, particularly men, and the specialist will provide advice and information and carry out health advocate training and workplace health workshops.
Services available for employees in their own workplace include stress awareness, stop smoking/smokefree advice, weight management, healthy heart screening/blood pressure checks and much more.
Richie Andrew, health improvement specialist said: “The scheme can have an impact in a short time and some of the long term benefits can include reduced sickness absence, increased morale and a happier, healthier and more productive workforce.”
Workplace health advocates from across Teesside will be coming together for the first time to share their experiences on the North East Better Health at Work Award, developed to give recognition to workplaces in the North east region which actively promote workplace health.
Joined by mentors from gold and continuing excellence level workplaces, advocates will be encouraged to share good practice and a question and answer session with workplaces who are achieving the highest standards on the award will be held.
There will also be an opportunity to learn more about the picture of public health in Tees from guest speakers.
New workplaces who are interested in wellbeing for their employees can take advantage of a free place at this event. To register, visit www.howhealthyisyourbusiness.org and follow the ‘whats new’, mentoring day link.