“Good health is good for business.”
That is the key message to come out of the fourth annual Healthy Workplace Awards where businesses across the county have been recognised for work to improve employee health and wellbeing.
The Bedruthan Steps Hotel at Mawgan Porth and Trenance Learning Acamdey in Newquay both picked up Gold awards at the event, which was held at he Pavilion Centre on Monday March 11.
Cornwall Council were also amongst the winners.
Carolyn Rule, portfolio holder for Health Wellbeing and People within the council said; “Cornwall Council is delighted to receive the Cornwall Healthy Workplaces Gold Award which is recognition of the progress of the Council’s health and wellbeing programme which was integrated into our People and Organisational Development Service in 2011.
“The programme has proved hugely popular with our employees and has made a huge impact regardless of an individuals working location or job role.
“We are looking forward to making an even bigger difference in 2013 as further new initiatives are introduced and the full impact of existing interventions and training packages take effect.
“I would recommend a healthy workplace initiative to any employer, regardless of size, as it bring tangible business benefits as well as improving the health and wellbeing of employees.”
The event, which is the culmination of a year-long programme, celebrates the work that the employers have carried out to improve workplace health and wellbeing.
Karen Oldham-Waring, event organiser and workplace health coordinator for NHS Cornwall and Isles of Scilly, said: “The award ceremony is a great opportunity for businesses to celebrate, and be recognised for the fantastic work they have carried out.
“Over the last 12 months these businesses have worked hard to ensure that the health and wellbeing of their staff is a key aspect of business development and success.
“There have been some brilliant initiatives and it’s great we have the chance to come together and share the experiences with everyone.
“The ultimate aim is to inspire other employers in Cornwall to support their staff.”
In total there were 25 winners across Cornwall achieving 10 core areas including back pain prevention, mental health, healthy eating, health and safety, and staff retention.
The awards aim to generate awareness of the workplace as a key setting for improving health; with over half the UK population spending an estimated 60 per cent of their waking hours at work.
According to Occupational Health In 2009/10, 23.4 million days were lost by British Industry due to work-related ill-health.
The annual economic cost of sickness absence and worklessness associated with working-age ill health is estimated to be more than £100 billion.
To get your company started on the award scheme and improve the health of your workplace visit www.behealthyatwork.org or contact Karen Oldham-Waring on 01209 313419.
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