Presentation on theme: "Workplace Health Rachel Faulkner Workplace Health Coordinator"— Presentation transcript:
1 Workplace Health Rachel Faulkner Workplace Health Coordinator Health Promotion Service
2 Contents This presentation includes: Importance of Workplace Health CostsBenefitsNational UpdateReal Workplace Health IssuesCornwall & Isles of Scilly Healthy Workplace AwardSupport and Useful Resources
3 Why is Workplace Health important? The workplace is a setting where many people spend the largest proportion of their time and therefore can play a key role in contributing to the health of their employees and in turn the health of their organisation!Individuals may spend up to 60% of their waking hours in their place of work
4 A health promoting workplace: Provides an environment which protects healthProvides opportunities and support for the promotion of healthy lifestylesOrganises work to promote good health
5 ‘What’s in it for you?’ Opportunity to look after your health! Save MoneyRetain StaffLess time taken off sickAttract new staffImprove MoraleAnd much more……..
6 Benefits of a Healthier Workplace: Increased productivityImproved absenteeism and ability to return to work after illnessEnhanced reputation - Helping to attract and keep employeesReduced workplace injuriesImproved work-ability among older employeesCreating a positive corporate imageReduced industrial injuriesImproved morale and health of the workforce
7 CostsIn 2006 around 175 million working days were lost due to illness and it is estimated that the annual economic costs of sickness absence and worklessness is over £100 billion.(Working for a healthier tomorrow, DOH March 2008).Annually the average sickness absence is 3.7% (8.4 days per employee) and the average cost of absence per employee is estimated at £659.(CIPD Employee Absence, July 2007).Stress related conditions and musculoskeletal disorders are now the most common reported causes of sickness absence from work in the UK.The cost of making reasonable adjustments to keep an employee who develops a health condition or disability will almost certainly be far lower than the cost of recruiting and training a new employee.Alcohol misuse among employees in England costs up to £6.4 billion a year in lost productivity through increased absenteeism, unemployment and premature death (Creating a healthy workplace, Faculty of Public Health, 2006).
8 Key FactsPhysically Active Employees take 27% Fewer Days Sick Leave than Non-Active Employees.If the Present Trend in Obesity Continues, by in 4 People Will Not Fit into A Standard Office Chair.In the UK, 1 in 5 Accidents in the Workplace are Alcohol Related.1 in 5 People Report Feeling Extremely Stressed at Work.4 out of every 5 people develop back pain that lasts more than a day at some time during their life.
9 Work should be health enhancing! No one should leave work at the end of the day, less healthy than they were when they arrived….Work should be health enhancing!
10 National UpdateDame Carol Black Review & The Governments Response to Dame Carol Black's Review of the Health of Britain's Working Age Population. Improving Health and work: Changing Lives - November 2008. Key initiatives:Electronic Fit NoteA National Education Programme for GPsHealth, Work & Wellbeing CoordinatorsNational Centre for Working-Age Health & WellbeingBusiness Health Check Tool-KitOccupational Help-Line for smaller businessesA Challenge Fund
11 Real workplace health issues CoordinatorSenior management support and commitmentEngaging employees – meeting their needsWhat worksChampionsCommunication
12 Coordinator Key to success of the project overall responsibility rests with themengage with management and employeesdevelop ‘innovative ideas’communicate, communicate…Motivate!
13 Management support ‘Buy in’ + support essential for success Coordinator needs to:Find out their key drivers e.g. sickness absence, retention, CSREnsure clarity and understanding of what is requiredBEST WAY - develop and maintain regular contact and provide project updates and results, esp successes
14 Management support Management need to: be seen as supportive demonstrate support and endorsement for projectencourage staff to participateHow…promote activitiesparticipate in activities with staffallow flexible working timerecognise success
15 Champions Getting the right champions is vital! Nomination from managersInvitation from coordinatorVolunteers –more interestedmore successful
16 Recruiting ChampionsMore than 1 champion helps share responsibilities and increase capacityInclude people from different departmentsInclude people at different grades/ agesFind out their interestsGive them recognitionGive them the responsibility
17 Champions How can the champion help the coordinator Run the project + support throughoutCommunication (vital)raising awarenessencouraging stafffeedback to coordinator and managersSustainability of the project
18 Engaging employees Takes time, persistence and constant communication Even more so with those ‘resistant to change’, ‘cynical towards project’ and with ‘hard to reach individuals and groups’Make the purpose of the project very clearProve to employees that the project is not going to be a ‘flash in the pan’ and ensure them it is going to be sustainable
19 Engaging employees Employee needs Needs assessment/ survey Champion and employee ‘working groups’ to bring forward ideas and needsFormal and informal face-to-face contact with employeesAttending team/ department meetings
20 Engaging employees Encourage participation Workplace champions – help to communicate, encourage peers and gain feedback from employeesFun, innovative and social activitiesWork with employees who show an early interest – get the project started, create early success – communicate success as widely as possibleVisible management support – management participation with employees, being flexible allowing staff to participate, recognitionExtend to family and friends – may encourage more employees to participate
21 Engaging employeesWhat works well? Team based challenges and competitionsProvides support and encouragement from colleagues‘Friendly rivalry’ and competition helps to motivate employeesCan participate during the working dayIncentivesE.g. Pedometer challenge, team weight loss competitions“The pedometer Challenge has been a fun way of interacting with work colleagues both male and female as well as keeping your own personal fitness level up.”
22 Engaging employees What works well? One-off/ taster events Cheap Provide variety - appeal to wide range of employeesTime requirement lowWork well - in work time, on-site, offered freeGood to gauge interest for future activitiesLunchtime classes e.g. pilates, boxerciseDance classes – ballroom, salsa, belly dancingTasters - rock climbing, surfing, golf, archeryCombining healthy activity with social events – ‘inflatablehuman football’, ‘rounders tournament’
23 CommunicationConstant communication, promotion and reinforcement neededCoordinator, management, champions and employeesHelps to encourage support, commitment and participation
24 Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Healthy Workplace Award
25 Cornwall & Isles Of Silly ‘Healthy Workplace Award’ The Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Award is a county standard of good practice and quality mark of health and wellbeing in the workplace. It has been produced following research in to effective and successful workplace health awards in Wales, Scotland and Plymouth.There are three levels of the award – Bronze, Silver and Gold and 10 sets of criteria.
26 Cornwall & Isles Of Silly ‘Healthy Workplace Award’ Creating a Safe & Healthy WorkplaceHealth & SafetyRecruitment, Retention & RehabilitationMental Wellbeing & Minimizing StressBack Pain & PreventionStop SmokingAlcohol & Substance MisusePhysical Activity including Active TravelHealthier Eating including Healthy WeightChoosing Well
27 Cornwall & Isles Of Silly ‘Healthy Workplace Award’ The aim of the award is to act as a toolkit to encourage employers to think about ways to improve the health and wellbeing of their employees.The toolkit provides steps to achieve and improve in a wide range of health areas mentioned in the ten criteria.The process enables focus on the current good practices in place within an organisation and assists in recognising priorities and providing solutions to addressing any highlighted issues specific to the company and the working population.
28 Support Available from HPS Health Promotion Service can offer:Support in working towards the ‘Healthy Workplace Award’Free Smoking Cessation Support in the workplace settingShape Up – Weight Management CoursesTrainingStress in the WorkplaceAlcohol in the WorkplaceResource Library - Free Information and resourcesAnd more, please contact Rachel Faulkner for further information!
29 Useful Resources Health Promotion Training Booklet Stress Tool-Kit Sod It & Sod It All BooksShift – Life in the Office DVDMen at Work – Haynes ManualNICE GuidancePromoting physical activity in the workplaceWorkplace interventions to promote smoking cessationManagement of long term sickness and incapacity for workPromoting mental wellbeing at workMuch more……
30 Workplace Health Resources – ‘A Healthy Business ‘needs’ a Health Workforce’ The British Heart Foundation (BHF) has a series of resources for employers interested in workplace health programmes.The resources cover physical activity, healthy eating and mental wellbeing and include a range of ideas, challenges and signposts, as well as an employee booklet, great giveaway items and fun packaging. To order call: Visit: bhf.org.uk/thinkfitThe BHF would welcome a suggested donation of £25 per pack.
31 Think fit! Physical activity G283 & G283h08 Think fit! - A guide to developing aworkplace activity programme (2005)Think fit! Be active! A ‘how to do it’guide to workplace physicalactivity interventions (2008)Say what they include – t-shirt, employee booklet and calendar
32 Think fit! Healthy eating G399 Think fit! - Eat well! A guide todeveloping a workplace healthyeating programme (2008)
33 Think fit! Mental wellbeing G400 Think fit! - Think well! A guide to developing aworkplace mental wellbeingprogramme (2008)
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35 Thank you Any Questions? Workplace Health Rachel FaulknerWorkplace Health CoordinatorHealth Promotion Service