The Workplace Health Award is a county standard of good practice and a quality mark of health and wellbeing in the workplace. Endorsed by the national Health and Wellbeing Awards, run by the Royal Society for Public Health (RSPH), 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.
As part of the assessment, the Brewery scored well throughout all 10 areas of the award criteria – including Creating a Healthy Workplace, Health and Safety, Mental Wellbeing and Stress Reduction and Recruitment, Retention and Return to Work, achieving full marks in six of the categories and an overall score of 124 points out of a possible 132 for the full assessment.
Praised for the support offered to its workforce through the introduction of developments such as the Health Optimisation and Promotion Scheme (HOPS) by its Occupational Health team, the Brewery was also congratulated on the strong working relationships between departments and effective co-ordination and communication of its programmes.
Delighted at having achieved the Gold standard at the first attempt, occupational health manager Chrissie Knight commented, “Caring for and investing in the workforce has always been a priority at the Brewery and it is wonderful to gain recognition for the work that takes place at all levels to ensure that we remain an employer of choice for people in the South West, which is not only because of the opportunities that exist at many levels within the organisation, but also because of the support and benefits that exist for all employees.”
As part of the assessment team Rachel Faulkner, Workplace Health Coordinator, added, “The workplace health team have been very impressed with the team at St Austell Brewery and the emphasis of work that is focused on the health and wellbeing of staff. Senior management commitment and support is strong and good working relationships are evident between departments such as Human Resources, Occupational Health and Health and Safety. It really feels embedded and part of the culture at this organisation, fantastic. Keep up the great work.”
For more information about the Workplace Health Awards and criteria, visit – www.behealthyatwork.org