Posted on Friday 28 December 2012
Our staff accept the award from Dame Carol Black
We have been awarded excellence status in the London Healthy Workplace Charter.
We are one of only 14 organisations across the capital signed up to the Charter, which was set up by the Greater London Authority to help employers who want to create healthier workplaces for their staff. These standards have been developed with employers and health professionals, based on international research and best practice.
Measures that participating organisations introduced included encouraging staff to get more active, for example by using the stairs at work rather than the lift, cycling to work, or getting off the bus a few stops earlier. Some offered subsidised gym memberships, massage in the workplace and even fresh fruit for staff. Other activities included setting up stop smoking groups and developing alcohol and mental health policies.
An average London firm of 250 employees loses around £250,000 a year due to ill health calculated by sickness absence, whilst workers who are physically active take 27 per cent fewer sick days than their non-physically active counterparts. 17.3 million working days are lost due to alcohol in England, including both dependent and non-dependent drinkers.
Lynn Demeda, Deputy Director of Workforce said: “We are delighted that our health and well-being programme has been recognised as an example of excellence. We look forward to building on this achievement and embedding health and well-being in the organisation through a range of initiatives in 2013.”
The awards were presented at City Hall by Professor Dame Carol Black, Expert Adviser on Health and Work to the Department of Health and Dr Marianne Dyer who led the award winning occupational health project at the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Park and Village.