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Wiltshire Council receives workplace health recognition

Wiltshire Council receives workplace health recognition

Wiltshire Council has been awarded the highest possible workplace health rating by a leading independent body, demonstrating its commitment to the health and wellbeing of its employees.  The council has been awarded an ‘excellence’ grade under Public Health England’s national Workplace Wellbeing Charter. The accreditation underlines the council’s commitment and work to ensure its staff have the knowledge and support to be as healthy as possible.  To achieve the accreditation the council submitted a body of evidence against eight criteria and was formally assessed by an external verifier. The assessment included staff interviews as well as scrutiny of documented evidence and case studies.  A number of sub-projects and activities have taken place since the project began to promote, and help improve, the health and wellbeing of council staff. These have included:  • A health survey being completed by more than 1,500 staff, providing valuable insights into their attitudes to workplace health  • Well-attended mental health drop-in sessions  • Depot staff being given health MOTs  • Back care roadshows  • A number of sit-stand desks installed across eight council buildings  • Healthy Eating Week taking place across all three main council hubs  The council will now develop a strategy to realise the benefits made possible by the project and to further embed positive workplace health management standards.  Wiltshire Council corporate director Maggie Rae said: “I’m delighted we have achieved an ‘excellent’ rating. Like all employers, we have a responsibility to support our employees’ health and wellbeing. and it’s a responsibility we take very seriously.  Wiltshire Council cabinet member for public health, Keith Humphries said: “We regularly promote good health in our local communities and it is no different within our own council community. The assessor was rightly impressed with the council and we’re proud to have reached the highest of standards.”  Barry Pirie, associate director people and business, said: “Having a healthier workforce not only means our staff will be happier, it also means they will be able to deliver our services as effectively as possible for our residents. We will strive to ensure the standards we have shown to achieve this recognition are maintained and built upon.”


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