Since day one, employee wellbeing has been at the top of the agenda here at Tritility. From our extensive health benefits package to fitness days and free healthy snacks, employees can access the resources they need to live healthier lives.
Now our efforts have been recognised by Better Health at Work, a regional scheme backed by Public Health England.
In addition to providing private health cover, free counselling, gym membership and dental care, we run regular campaigns to engage employees with the all-important topic of wellbeing.
We recently ran a ‘Let’s Get Physical’ campaign, in which Customer Service Agent and all-round good sport Alex became our very own Joe Wicks. Via video, Alex led the whole company in a mini workout session, with easy exercises aimed at reducing the risk of back pain.
Earlier this year, we held a smoking awareness day with games, prizes and useful resources to help people quit. Recruiter Claire Thompson, who stopped smoking as a result, said: “The campaign really got me thinking about my health, I have now been a non-smoker for four months and I haven’t looked back since.”
Not stopping there, Claire even took on a gruelling nine-peak charity hike as part of the Cumbrian Challenge in September.
The Better Health at Work Award is a partnership project unique to the North East, and has over 400 regional employers participating.
The North East lags behind the national average when it comes to life expectancy, and the project aims to combat this by providing individuals with increased access to health information and interventions. In more than one instance, workplace activity generated by the Award has potentially saved lives - identifying dangerously high cholesterol levels and early stage conditions.
Now that we have successfully completed the Bronze-level award, the next step is to work towards silver. Each level involves an extensive assessment, with detailed reports, interviews and inspections. Campaigns will be coordinated by our in-house Health and Wellbeing committee, who have been delighted with the uptake among staff.
Bex Carins, who led the charge on the project, said: “When we first signed up to the Better Health at Work Award last summer, I was really taken back at the positive response it received throughout the office and this has continued throughout the award. Everyone was always really keen to get involved in the campaigns, and many suggested ideas for campaigns.”
For more information on the award, visit https://www.betterhealthatworkaward.org.uk/.