bdht boosts employee health to achieve county council accolade
Published by gough for Gough Bailey Wright in Health and also in Housing, Local Government
bdht staff fundraising for Movember
bdht, Bromsgrove’s largest provider of affordable housing, is one of the first companies in the county to have achieved well-being accreditation under the ‘Worcestershire Works Well’ initiative for employee health.
The not-for-profit organisation puts staff health and well-being high on its agenda and, after meeting the standards needed for accreditation, it has been awarded level two.
As part of the accreditation process, bdht appointed staff well-being champions who worked with their colleagues to raise awareness and improve workplace health and well-being, using the nine ‘Worcestershire Works Well Standards’ as their focus which include promoting good health, physical activity and healthy eating.
Angie Abraham, bdht’s Human Resources Manager, explains: “As well as ensuring our policies and procedures demonstrate our commitment to the initiative, staff have had the opportunity to participate in a range of activities, such as healthy eating, physical activity and the general promotion of good health.
“We have arranged the provision of healthy breakfasts, set up pilates and zumba fitness activities, organised weekly well-being walks, regular well-being days and participation in Movember and Dry January, to raise funds for charity.
“Our staff and the well-being champions have really enjoyed being a part of this important initiative to make better lifestyle choices with regards to our health and well-being and bdht is delighted to receive this accreditation. Everyone’s keen to continue with their healthy lifestyles.”
Councillor Marcus Hart, Cabinet Member for Health and Well-being for Worcestershire County Council, said: “I'm delighted that bdht has reached level two accreditation in the county's employee health scheme, Worcestershire Works Well. It's a great achievement. The company, its health champions and its employees should be proud of what they have accomplished. They are a fantastic example of how workplaces can be made healthier and more productive places to be.
“I would encourage all Worcestershire businesses to follow suit and to join Worcestershire Works Well. Improving the health of employees will make great business return as productivity goes up and sickness absence goes down. Worcestershire Works Well is free to join and I would suggest that all our local businesses follow the good example of bdht and contact the scheme via the website www.worcestershireworkswell.co.uk."
bdht was ranked in fourth place in The Sunday Times Best for Not-for-Profit-Companies to work for earlier this month, as well as being crowned Best for Learning and Development and Best for Wellbeing.