The east Suffolk Councils have been recognised for encouraging staff to lead healthier lifestyles.
The Councils’ commitment to staff health, safety and wellbeing has been rewarded by a Suffolk Workforce Wellbeing Charter after being assessed in different areas, including health and safety, mental health, physical activity and leadership. .
Neil Wood, Health and Wellbeing Programme manager at Public Health England, said:
“I’d like to congratulate Suffolk Coastal and Waveney District Councils on their accreditation to the Workplace Wellbeing Charter. This is an impressive achievement and is testament to the positive ethos of the teams working at both local authorities.
“Through the assessment, we were impressed with the passion and enthusiasm of those we met, the range of actions and activity already undertaken and future plans, and the commitment and recognition of the essential role that leadership plays in supporting the health and wellbeing of the workforce.”
There are three levels of achievement for each area: Commitment, Achievement and Excellence.
The results were announced in April and the Councils have done extremely well in achieving the highest rating in six of the eight areas assessed. The Councils achieved:
The Wellbeing Team will be working on an improvement plan with the aim of achieving ‘Excellence’ in the remaining two areas by January 2019.
Phil Gore, Head of Environmental Services & Port Health at Suffolk Coastal & Waveney Councils, said:
“I am delighted with the results, and that we have been rewarded for the work we have done to support and encourage staff to adopt healthier lifestyles.
“It is recognition that we are a good employer and are taking practical measures to support our staff to improve their health and reduce ill health at work. Workplace health is a significant public health issue as each year more than a million working people in the UK experience a work-related illness.
“Our most valuable resource is our staff. We want to make sure that we are supporting them to look after their physical and mental health and wellbeing.”