Improving Workplace Health campaign launched
Suffolk Chamber of Commerce has teamed up with Public Health Suffolk to encourage local businesses to work with their staff to find ways to improve their overall mental and physical health and wellbeing.
Absenteeism carries a huge financial burden for businesses, with more than 130 million working days lost in the UK every year due to illness and incapacity, costing the British economy approximately £29bn per year.
Improvements in workers’ health and wellbeing also has other benefits both to the quality of life of millions of workers themselves and in reducing pressure on our over-stretched health services.
That is why Suffolk Chamber and Public Health Suffolk have joined together to run an awareness-raising campaign called Improving Workplace Health.
Suffolk Chamber and Public Health Suffolk will be using the Chamber’s website (https://www.suffolkchamber.co.uk/initiatives/improving-workplace-health/) email marketing reach and media support to provide employers and their staff with information and ideas aimed at improving their workplace health and wellbeing.
Underpining this campaign is Public Health Suffolk’s Five Ways to Health https://www.healthysuffolk.org.uk/projects/5-ways-to-wellbeing which provide general ideas as to how we can all boost our mental and physical strength.
Suffolk Chamber will also be working with Public Health Suffolk in targeting medium-sized businesses across the county to encourage them and their staff to participate in a snapshot of each workplace’s wellbeing at the start (February 2018) and at the end (June/July) of the campaign.
The questionnaire is called the Warwick-Edinburgh Mental Well-Being Scale and asks staff to respond with their level of agreement to 14 statements about their feelings during the previous two weeks.
John Dugmore, chief executive of Suffolk Chamber, said “we are delighted to be involved in this campaign as we recognise the importance of staff health to the individuals concerned, the profitability of businesses and the whole Suffolk economy”.
Abdul Razaq, Suffolk County Council’s Director of Public Health and Protection said “I am pleased that Suffolk County Council is enhancing our partnership with Suffolk Chamber of Commerce to support local businesses to further develop healthier workplaces. This campaign reinforces the objectives of my Working for Wellbeing 2017 Public Health annual report, drawing the link between inclusive growth and workplace health and I wish all the participating businesses every success in achieving their goals for improved employee wellbeing.”