Healthy, Wealthy, Working
“A healthy workforce is a happier, more productive workforce”
Having a healthy and productive workforce should be every organisations ambition, especially as today’s business environment is extremely competitive. The pressure to increase profits and drive down costs at the same time is high. The key to survival and success is the most important asset, the staff!
On Wednesday 24 February 2010 at the Pavilion Centre, Royal Cornwall Showground, Wadebridge the new ‘Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Healthy Workplace Award’ was launched.
It was a packed morning with the keynote speaker, Dame Carol Black, National Director for Work & Health giving a national update and overview of the importance of looking after and investing in the health of employees.
Four local companies who took part in the pilot of the ‘Healthy Workplace Award’ kindly showcased their work and gave real examples of initiatives and activities they had organised, the benefits they had gained and barriers they had overcome.
Presentations were also given from Cornwall Sports Partnership who kindly supplied every delegate with a free pedometer and will be launching a new Physical Activity Website on April 26th 2010.
The website is designed primarily for those of the Cornish population who currently do little to no exercise, Get Active Cornwall will provide useful tips and advice on how to get started. Without preaching, it will also explain the benefits of being active and keeping fit; in an attempt to coax people gently off their sofa and on their feet!
The new site will provide a first stepping stone for anybody looking to get started, especially with the inclusion of a searchable database of activities. It will be possible to tailor this search specifically to personal requirements – whether that be cost, location, time, fitness level, type of activity, age, gender, health condition…… With more happening across the county than people realise, it will be the perfect opportunity to find the perfect activity!
It will also provide the ideal platform for instructors and providers to advertise their classes and activities for free. Plus, to make things simpler and more efficient, they will be able to upload all their information themselves and add or change details as and when they need.
If you would like any further information, contact Jenna Palmer at the Cornwall Sports Partnership on 01872 323346 / email@example.com
At the conference there was also an opportunity to access a wide range of practical examples and ideas to implement in to the workplace to improve staff health and wellbeing for example:
- Health Check Point
- Wii Fit Challenge
- Pedometer Challenge
- Back Prevention Station
- Stress Reduction Station
- Tai Chi taster Session
- Massage & Zero Balancing taster sessions
And a wide range of free services offered by the Health Promotion Service including: Stop Smoking Service, Shape Up Weight Management Groups and more….
The Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Award is a county standard of good practice and quality mark of health and wellbeing in the workplace. It has been produced following research in to effective and successful workplace health awards in Wales, Scotland and Plymouth. There are 10 sets of criteria:
- Creating a Healthy Workplace
- Health and Safety
- Recruitment, Retention and Return to Work
- Mental Wellbeing including minimizing stress
- Back Pain and Prevention
- Stop Smoking
- Alcohol and Substance Misuse
- Physical Activity including Active Travel
- Healthier Eating including Healthy Weight
- Choosing Well
The criteria for the award is based on NICE guidance, other effective schemes in the UK and support and input from many local specialist partner agencies. Most importantly, to ensure it meet local needs a 6 month pilot was conducted working with 10 local businesses.
The aim of the award is to act as a toolkit to encourage employers to think about ways to improve the health and wellbeing of their employees. The toolkit provides steps to achieve and improve in a wide range of health areas mentioned in the above criteria. The process enables focus on the current good practices in place within an organisation and assists in recognising priorities and providing solutions to addressing any highlighted issues specific to the company and the working population.
Dame Carol Black kindly presented the first Award Winners:
We would like to say Congratulations to the first five Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Healthy Workplace Award Winners:
Coastline Housing, Silver Award Winner
Benefit Delivery Centre, DWP, St Austell, Silver Award Winner
Penwith Community Development Trust, Silver Award Winner
Health Promotion Service, Silver Award winner
Manning’s Hotel & Restaurant, Bronze Award Winner
If you would like to find out more about the new ‘Cornwall & Isles of Scilly Healthy Workplace Award and are interesting in looking at improving the health and wellbeing of staff please contact: