Workplace Health

Workplace Health

Working Well is a free programme that delivers health promotion advice and support services to small, medium and large workplaces in the private, public and voluntary sectors across Essex.

We will work with your organisation to promote and foster an environment of health and wellbeing.  We will train your staff to become Workplace Health Champions who will deliver a range of healthy lifestyle programmes and activities. 

We work in partnership with a wide range of local employers and business support agencies including: local Councils, Hospital Trusts, Community Health Providers, Walking for Health, the British Heart Foundation, Diabetes groups and MacMillan Cancer Care, Active Essex and Living Safe and Well Board.

Working Well In Detail...

What Does The Service Offer

Working Well is a free workplace health promotion programme that is commissioned to deliver the 2 day Mental Health First Aider training and the ½ day Mental Health Awareness LITE training to participating companies (there is a small charge for the training manuals).

Employees are more likely to make healthier choices if their workplace enables and supports improved health and well-being. A motivated and healthy workforce is more likely to perform well.

Employees and employers can benefit through improved moral, reduced absenteeism and presenteeism, improved job retention and increased productivity. Well designed, wellness programmes can increase employee job satisfaction and reduce staff turnover by between 10%-25% (PWC 2008)

The cost of working days lost and worklessness is over 100billion to the economy with 140-150 million working days lost each year. (Black, 2008)

Other benefits can include:

  • Good management/employee relations
  • Improved corporate image in the community

The Working Well programme uses a simple, structured way to establish an organisations strengths and weaknesses in terms of health and wellbeing, and identify ways to empower the staff to make small changes.

Any size of organisation can take part, and small businesses who wouldn’t normally consider that they have the capacity to undertake such work will be assisted to use introduce steps to make lifestyle changes for their staff.

Who Is The Service For

“Over half of UK employers would like to do more to improve staff wellbeing but don’t feel they have the right training or guidance” (MIND 2014), Essex Lifestyle provides an evidence based programme, that fits your needs.

Any organisation who cares about their employee health and wellbeing, and wants to make some real changes to improve morale, wellbeing and productivity.

Any Essex organisation can sign up for the Working Well Programme (with the exception of Southend and Thurrock unitary controlled councils).

How to Join

It takes just 5 simple steps:

  1. Sign a Letter of Communication that sets out what each party will provide. This is normally for a minimum of 2 years.
  2. Complete a Workplace Needs Assessment
  3. Complete a confidential on-line staff survey, which identifies potential Workplace Health Champions and the types of programmes to set up
  4. 2 day training, will be a mixture of classroom and on-line training:. Day 1: Introduction to Health Improvement, Behaviour Change and Making Every Contact Count. Day 2 (usually 1 week later) Workplace Health Champion Planning Day. At the end of the training your organisation will have a 12 month programme with 4 key themes/events. These typically include: physical activity, healthy eating, stress and stop smoking
  5. Regular meetings/support and evaluations of the programme.

FAQ's

How can we keep the programme going?

Here at Working Well, we pride ourselves on providing on-going support after the initial training. Our Workplace Health Promotion Specialist will meet with your team quarterly, and can offer an annual confidential on-line survey to help shape each 12 month plan of activities. Many of our companies who signed up in 2011 are still with us today.

How much time will it take to run the Working Well programme?

The programme can be tailored to your individual needs, but typically your trained Workplace Health Champions will volunteer an hour a week.

Is the programme free?

Yes, we are commissioned to deliver the basic Working Well package free of charge, however there may be a small charge for some extra resources i.e. Mental Health First Aid England training manuals and badges.

What if staff don’t want to take part?

The programme is designed to be delivered by volunteer Workplace Health Champions, using a confidential on-line staff survey, identifying staff wants and needs, so all activities are 'run by the staff, for the staff' – it’s not 'management telling them what to do'

What programmes/activities can I access? 

We have a wide range of training packages and activities that you can access:

  • Managers and Staff Stress Awareness Workshops
  • Healthy Eating training programmes
  • Laughter Yoga sessions
  • Back & Knee care sessions
  • Funding for physical activities via the Active Essex Networks (subject to funding application)
  • Lifestyle and NHS Health Checks
  • Monthly WW Newsletter
  • Inter company sports tournaments
  • ...And more!

Online Enquiry

Friends & Family Test

Please share your experience of our service by completing this simple Friends & Family Test (FFT).

To take the FFT click here

If you would like more details on the Friends and Family Test visit our main site here.

Awards

Working Well are proud that participating companies take part in the Active Essex Workplace Challenge. Working Well companies have won the Active Essex Workplace of the year award every year since 2014:

  • 2014 – 15 – Visteon Engineering
  • 2016 – Ringway Jacobs

Useful Links

The British Heart Foundation have published an excellent set of INFOGRAPHICS that can be used to present the statistics supporting the business case for health at work. This can be found and downloaded here

What Does The Service Offer

Working Well is a free workplace health promotion programme that is commissioned to deliver the 2 day Mental Health First Aider training and the ½ day Mental Health Awareness LITE training to participating companies (there is a small charge for the training manuals).

Employees are more likely to make healthier choices if their workplace enables and supports improved health and well-being. A motivated and healthy workforce is more likely to perform well.

Employees and employers can benefit through improved moral, reduced absenteeism and presenteeism, improved job retention and increased productivity. Well designed, wellness programmes can increase employee job satisfaction and reduce staff turnover by between 10%-25% (PWC 2008)

The cost of working days lost and worklessness is over 100billion to the economy with 140-150 million working days lost each year. (Black, 2008)

Other benefits can include:

  • Good management/employee relations
  • Improved corporate image in the community

The Working Well programme uses a simple, structured way to establish an organisations strengths and weaknesses in terms of health and wellbeing, and identify ways to empower the staff to make small changes.

Any size of organisation can take part, and small businesses who wouldn’t normally consider that they have the capacity to undertake such work will be assisted to use introduce steps to make lifestyle changes for their staff.

Who Is The Service For

“Over half of UK employers would like to do more to improve staff wellbeing but don’t feel they have the right training or guidance” (MIND 2014), Essex Lifestyle provides an evidence based programme, that fits your needs.

Any organisation who cares about their employee health and wellbeing, and wants to make some real changes to improve morale, wellbeing and productivity.

Any Essex organisation can sign up for the Working Well Programme (with the exception of Southend and Thurrock unitary controlled councils).

How to Join

It takes just 5 simple steps:

  1. Sign a Letter of Communication that sets out what each party will provide. This is normally for a minimum of 2 years.
  2. Complete a Workplace Needs Assessment
  3. Complete a confidential on-line staff survey, which identifies potential Workplace Health Champions and the types of programmes to set up
  4. 2 day training, will be a mixture of classroom and on-line training:. Day 1: Introduction to Health Improvement, Behaviour Change and Making Every Contact Count. Day 2 (usually 1 week later) Workplace Health Champion Planning Day. At the end of the training your organisation will have a 12 month programme with 4 key themes/events. These typically include: physical activity, healthy eating, stress and stop smoking
  5. Regular meetings/support and evaluations of the programme.

FAQ's

How can we keep the programme going?

Here at Working Well, we pride ourselves on providing on-going support after the initial training. Our Workplace Health Promotion Specialist will meet with your team quarterly, and can offer an annual confidential on-line survey to help shape each 12 month plan of activities. Many of our companies who signed up in 2011 are still with us today.

How much time will it take to run the Working Well programme?

The programme can be tailored to your individual needs, but typically your trained Workplace Health Champions will volunteer an hour a week.

Is the programme free?

Yes, we are commissioned to deliver the basic Working Well package free of charge, however there may be a small charge for some extra resources i.e. Mental Health First Aid England training manuals and badges.

What if staff don’t want to take part?

The programme is designed to be delivered by volunteer Workplace Health Champions, using a confidential on-line staff survey, identifying staff wants and needs, so all activities are 'run by the staff, for the staff' – it’s not 'management telling them what to do'

What programmes/activities can I access? 

We have a wide range of training packages and activities that you can access:

  • Managers and Staff Stress Awareness Workshops
  • Healthy Eating training programmes
  • Laughter Yoga sessions
  • Back & Knee care sessions
  • Funding for physical activities via the Active Essex Networks (subject to funding application)
  • Lifestyle and NHS Health Checks
  • Monthly WW Newsletter
  • Inter company sports tournaments
  • ...And more!

Online Enquiry

Friends & Family Test

Please share your experience of our service by completing this simple Friends & Family Test (FFT).

To take the FFT click here

If you would like more details on the Friends and Family Test visit our main site here.

Awards

Working Well are proud that participating companies take part in the Active Essex Workplace Challenge. Working Well companies have won the Active Essex Workplace of the year award every year since 2014:

  • 2014 – 15 – Visteon Engineering
  • 2016 – Ringway Jacobs

Useful Links

The British Heart Foundation have published an excellent set of INFOGRAPHICS that can be used to present the statistics supporting the business case for health at work. This can be found and downloaded here

Call us on: 0300 303 9988 or email us on: provide.essexlifestyles@nhs.net

Provide, 900 The Crescent, Colchester Business Park, Colchester, Essex, CO4 9YQ

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