BID businesses Peldon Rose and Wimbledon Guild were each awarded the London Healthy Workplace Charter at City Hall last night by Dame Carol Black, expert advisor on health and work to Public Health England and the Department of Health, and Barry Francis, Chairman of the London Healthy Workplace Advisory Group. The BID businesses were rewarded for their efforts to support the health and wellbeing of their staff. An additional special award was presented to Merton for being among the most active and successful London boroughs in encouraging and supporting businesses to adopt healthy working practices.
The London Healthy Workplace Charter is a framework that supports businesses in developing staff wellbeing across areas including support for mental health issues, reducing sedentary practices, promoting healthy eating habits, encouraging smoking cessation, dealing with alcohol and substance misuse, and supporting them to address wellness at work issues that are specific to their culture and environment. Research shows that healthier staff are happier, more productive, less likely to leave or take sickness absence, easier to recruit and better advocates for their employer.
Nicola said: “It was a pleasure to see so many local organisations win credit last night for their efforts in promoting healthy working practices among their staff. They are proof that it doesn’t take much in the way of time or budget to adjust working practices to help improve your team’s wellbeing – and your company’s bottom line.”