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On average, sickness absence costs employers £659 per employee, each year In Wales. It makes sense for organisations therefore to try and improve the health of their staff wherever possible to reduce this expense. By creating a few healthy living initiatives, organisations can encourage healthier organisational cultures. It needn’t involve a significant amount of work, nor does it have to be costly to bring in some simple changes – changes that can go a long way may we add!

Health and wellbeing are always close to our heart – it’s just part of the very nature of our business. But even plumbers sometimes develop a leaky tap! So when we came across the Small Workplace Health Award at the Fit for Work roadshow last month, we were all too pleased to give this a go and show we practice what we preach!

Workplace Health Award Levels

The Small Workplace Health Award delivered by Healthy Working Wales promotes itself as the new national mark of quality for health and wellbeing in the workplace. Open to organisations employing fewer than 50, there are 3 levels to achieve to obtain bronze, silver and gold awards.  Some of our larger clients, such as Welsh Water and Admiral Insurance, have taken part in the Corporate Health Standard (the same award but for larger employers).

It is of course, essentially a developmental process, based on good practice and improvement by targeting key preventable ill-health issues. As you move through each level, you must choose Healthy Lifestyle topics. There are 5 topics to choose from, until eventually you have completed each and every one over the three stages.

Healthy Eating Staff Board

We’re confident we’ll succeed at bronze level quite quickly. January is after all a great time of year to make changes and healthier choices. Following all the indulgence of Christmas, our healthy eating challenge indeed will be a great start to this New Year!

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