Louise Aston, Workwell Director, Business in the Community reflects on the Big Ticks, Highly Commended and Winning entries to the Bupa Workwell Engagement and Wellbeing Award 2014.
The quality of entries for this year’s Bupa Workwell Engagement and Wellbeing Award reflects that more and more businesses are waking up to the fact that, as well as benefiting individuals, improved employee engagement and wellbeing builds business resilience, performance and productivity.
The diversity and standard of entries also reinforces why we have an awards programme; to celebrate and encourage greater participation in this urgent agenda. I am delighted that so many of the entries include simple but effective ideas that can be replicated by other aspiring organisations.
I’d like to congratulate the winners Gentoo Group. The company’s wellbeing programme, Happy, Healthy and Here, offered both physical and mental health services to staff. As a result, 89% of employees subsequently felt that they were more informed about the importance of their health and wellbeing.
The programme also saw employee volunteers donate more than 2,400 hours to community projects and over £37,000 to charities. 130 fewer sickness days were recorded in 2013 than in 2012, coupled with fewer accident rates.
Congratulations also to the highly commended entry from Hewlett Packard, running a potentially lifesaving cancer education and screening campaign among its employees. Finally, special thanks to Bupa, sponsors of this award.