A better Medway
Published: Friday, 21st December 2018

Medway Council has recognised businesses for helping their staff find ways to be healthier at work.

The council offers a free Workplace Health Programme which offers a variety of support to businesses and help improve the wellbeing of their staff. Support includes health checks, stop smoking advice, staff training and physical activity challenges or sessions.

The council has also introduced the innovative Medway Workplace Wellbeing Award which recognises businesses for addressing their workplace health needs. Medway Council’s A Better Medway team helps employers look at staff sickness and turnover and provides bespoke free-to-use assessment tools. The council understands that no two businesses are the same and provides tailored support for businesses example, for businesses with a high turnover of staff, the programme would encourage businesses to look at the reasons employees are leaving. The team then helps businesses develop a healthy workplace programme by supporting employers make pledges on how they can become a healthier workplace.

There are four awards Bronze, Silver, Gold and Platinum which are given based on the number of pledges businesses have completed. So far 20 workplaces have been recognised with awards and a further 46 businesses are working towards Medway Workplace Wellbeing Awards.

Cllr David Brake, Medway Council’s Portfolio Holder covering Public Health, said: “Our public health team helps businesses make small changes which widely benefits their staff and helps them perform better. I’m very pleased that so many local businesses have signed up for our free Medway Healthy Workplaces scheme and that 20 businesses have already achieved wellbeing awards. I would encourage businesses to get in touch with the team to see how they can help you.”

MTS Cleansing Services, a waste management and recycling company based in Strood, has received the Gold award.

healthy workplace for everyone

Jackie Hall, Wellbeing Champion and Web and Communications Officer at MTS Cleansing Services, said: “At MTS, safety and wellbeing is at the heart of all we do. We have worked closely with the Medway Public Health for several years to enhance our own work to promote a happy, healthy workplace for everyone. The Medway team have supported us in many initiatives including help to stop smoking, diabetes prevention information and Mental Health First Aid training. Our workforce is enjoying a more active and fun work environment. Ultimately the company benefits from improved business performance from healthier, more motivated employees.”

For more information, and to sign up, visit www.medway.gov.uk/healthyworkplace


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