Council wins bronze for commitment to staff welfare and well-being

6 January 2017

An award recognising a commitment to the health and well-being of staff has been presented to Newark and Sherwood District Council.

The scheme, led by the public health team at the Nottinghamshire County Council, is aimed at the working population in Nottinghamshire by encouraging and maximising health and well-being opportunities for employers and their staff. It is open to all organisations and businesses within the county, no matter how big or small.

The award scheme spans five attainment levels: Bronze, silver, gold, platinum and maintenance, each having its own criteria to meet. Each award level is assessed by submission of a completed portfolio of evidence, the criteria for which covers the five key themes on which the award is based - substance use/misuse, emotional and mental well-being, protecting health, healthy weight and safety at work.

‘Champions’ have been chosen throughout the council’s various business units to help lead the project.

Council leader Councillor Roger Blaney said: “It’s an award for the champions and everyone here at the council for all the hard work that has been put in. It demonstrates our commitment, as a council, to our staff and the work will continue through to the next level up and beyond. A happy and healthy workforce is what we’re aiming for.”

Mel Coton, district council health improvement officer, said: “We want to help and support staff with any concerns they may have regarding the five key themes, both in and out of work, and over time create an environment where staff are encouraged and have the confidence to help and support each other, making the organisation a healthier and more positive place for all.”‌‌

Councillor Joyce Bosnjak, chairman of the Nottinghamshire Health and Wellbeing Board, said: “Well done to the staff at Newark and Sherwood District Council for taking part in the Wellbeing@Work award scheme and achieving the bronze award. The award aims to get a better work-life balance for employees and to create a culture of wellness within a healthy working environment.

“It concentrates on making sure employers have a healthy, productive workforce with optimum levels of wellbeing. As a result this reduces sickness absence and staff turnover and increases productivity, efficiency and profitability.

“Investment in employee health does not need to be large amounts of money, investment of time can have huge rewards, and this scheme aims to provide benefits with little or no monetary investment.”

Since the launch of the scheme in 2014, the number of county agencies that have signed up has risen to 16, including NSDC and other local authorities in the district.

The bronze Wellbeing@Work accolade was presented to council leader Councillor Roger Blaney by Nicola North, Public Health Manager and Health and Wellbeing Lead for Nottinghamshire County Council.

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