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Rewarding healthy workplaces: the Mayor of London’s Healthy Workplace Charter Award

28 April 2016

Guest blogger Richard Patricio from Wellworking in Ealing tells us about being awarded the London Healthy Workplace Charter.

 

As part of the Workplace Wellbeing Services team, I was thrilled to find out that we’ve been awarded the London Healthy Workplace Charter.

What is the Charter?

The Charter is a self-assessment framework that recognises and rewards employers for investing in workplace health and wellbeing. At Wellworking our mission is everything about working well, so the Charter is something that we really believe in.

Why did we apply?

We believe that better health and wellbeing in employees will lead to improved business outcomes. Most importantly, we believe that we should encourage employee health and wellbeing simply because it’s the right thing to do.

More and more organisations are starting to understand the importance of employee wellbeing. They see the link between good staff health and wellbeing, and the ability to attract and keep staff who will perform better. However, there is so much information out there it can be difficult to know where to start.

The Charter sets out standards and frameworks that organisations can use to start improving their employee wellbeing.

The process

Throughout our application we got great support from our local borough, Ealing, who were always on hand to answer questions and guide us through the process. The process was a challenging one, as it should be, and requires detailed work from everyone, including support from all directors and management.

The result

Employee health and wellbeing is central to what we do as a business, so achieving the Charter is great proof of this. It shows our commitment to our own employee health and wellbeing, and also allows us to better support our clients’ wellbeing programmes.

Achieving the London Healthy Workplace Charter has been a hugely rewarding experience, and is something that I would recommend to any organisation. Good luck if you’re involved in your own organisation’s health and wellbeing programmes, and do get in touch if you want to ask me anything about the process.

 

Richard Patricio, Wellworking Workplace Wellbeing Services