Worcestershire Businesses Recognised for Working Well

Worcestershire Works Well, the free accreditation scheme to support Worcestershire businesses to improve the health and well-being of their employees, was pleased to recognise recently accredited businesses at its bi-annual event at Wyre Forest District Council offices on Thursday 19 May.

ISO Quality Services Ltd and Oakland International received their Level 1 certificates and Interserve received its Level 2. The accreditation recognises the steps Worcestershire businesses are taking to promote and improve the health of their workforces.

The event was opened by Mark Garnier, MP for Wyre Forest and David Elliott from Health England. Other key speakers on the subject of the event’s theme of mental health in the workplace included Jo Min from MIND who gave an overview of mental health and facilitated an interview with her colleagues Ben Whelan and Chris Last, who provided a personal insight in to the varying attitudes within the workplace towards mental health. This was followed by an interactive quiz hosted by Worcestershire Health and Care Trust, followed by an introduction to “Worcestershire Healthy Minds”, a newly launched wellbeing hub providing local links to wellbeing support in Worcestershire.

Jenny Moreton and Rachel Simpson from Wyre Forest District Council gave a short presentation on their Worcestershire Works Well journey, demonstrating the great strides they have made in improving the health and wellbeing of their workforce by being part of the programme.

Worcestershire Works Well also took the opportunity to announce the launch of their new Special Recognition Award, kindly sponsored by Southco Manufacturing. Introduced by Sue Roberts, Compensation and Benefits Manager, the award will aim to recognise those businesses that have achieved over and above what would normally be the standard for accreditation at any of the levels.

Attendees were also invited to browse the various stands focusing on different aspects of workplace health to further increase their knowledge and obtain new literature to help them promote healthy lifestyle choices within their workplace.

Mark Garnier MP commented: “It was both a pleasure and honour to be asked to open the Worcestershire Works Well event. Guiding employers on how to deliver better work environments, tailored to the health and wellbeing needs of employees, is incredibly important. This is not about simply following rules: it is about learning best practice and how a healthy and happy wok force delivers better productivity. Worcestershire Works Well is an important organisation.”

For more information, visit the Worcestershire Works Well website.