Investing in healthy workplaces makes clear business sense
Free support is on offer to help you develop a wellbeing culture in your organisation and, as a result, boost performance through the London Healthy Workplace Award.
The Healthy Workplace Award is a framework for action that helps employers build good practice in health and wellbeing in their organisation.
As an employer in Westminster, you are eligible for the added benefits of discounted mental health and wellbeing training for managers.
Strengthen your brand and reputation and join organisations that already stand out with this prestigious accreditation.
The award supports all types of employers, large and small, from the public, private and voluntary sectors.
There are many benefits of having a healthy and happy workforce including:
For further information please see The Business Case for Wellbeing.
Focusing on leadership, policies and planning, health, safety, environment and attendance management.
Focusing on employee awareness and resilience, management knowledge and behaviours, organisational policies and culture.
Focusing on physical activity, healthy eating, alcohol, smoking and substance misuse.
Queen’s Park Primary School is a one-and-a-half form inner city London school. Set in the north west of Westminster, Queen’s Park Primary serves a diverse population in one of the most deprived areas of the UK.
With a workforce of 42 fulfilling a wide range of roles across teaching, working one-to-one with children with special educational needs, office staff, premises staff, lunch staff and ICT, Queen’s Park Primary understood the need to focus on staff wellbeing at a time when school recruitment and retention was difficult and funding was at a critical level.
As a school we became committed to ensuring staff had access to mental health first aid training. Alongside this staff were given opportunities to be taught in domestic violence support, child bereavement, stress awareness and alcohol and substance abuse.
We assigned the role of ‘wellbeing lead’ within the school and quickly developed support mechanisms within the school.
As a leadership team we developed a more supportive coaching model where staff were able to work in small ‘lesson study’ groups to support one another in their own professional development.
As a school we already had access to an employee assist programme which became promoted and accessed. Return-to-work interviews became more personalised and attendance was scrutinised further to see where we could best support.
Staff were empowered at all levels and performance management showed a wide range of skills that were under-utilised that have since become integral to the Queen’s Park approach.
The Healthy Workplace Award ensured we had a clear direction in addressing whole staff wellbeing, that policies and procedures were best tailored to the needs of our staff and that relevant up to date information informed our practices.
Where you can appreciate ‘flexible working’ is difficult within schools, discussions were had as to how we could best meet the needs of our staff team and support was given in changing working arrangements as and when we could.
As a school Queen’s Park Primary has just become a ‘Centre of Excellence’ for wellbeing in Westminster, this means that there is a further emphasis on sharing the work we have done with the Healthy Workplace Award in other schools.
|Accredited companies||Date and level accredited|
|Taylor Woodrow Bam Nuttal JV||Commitment September 2015|
|Balfour Beatty||Commitment April 2016|
|Turning Point||Achievement August 2016|
|Strategy & Transformation team NW London||Commitment September 2016|
|The Supreme Court of the United Kingdom||Achievement September 2016|
|Change Grow Live||Achievement September 2016|
|The Portman Estate||Achievement September 2016|
|Central London Community Health||Commitment October 2016|
|Jumeirah||Commitment November 2016|
|Royal College of Surgeons||Commitment November 2016|
|Cerner||Commitment November 2016|
|Rolls Royce||Commitment November 2016|
|Royal Society of Arts||Commitment November 2016|
|Travis Perkins||Commitment November 2016|
|CCG West London||Commitment November 2016|
|David Miller Architects||Commitment November 2016|
|Everyone Active||Commitment March 2017|
|Central London Community Health||Achievement May 2017|
|Westminster University||Commitment June 2017|
|CCG Central London||Achievement November 2017|
|CCG Hammersmith & Fulham||Achievement November 2017|
|St Mungo's||Achievement November 2017|
|AIMS Consultancy||Commitment November 2017|
|Lewis and Hickey||Commitment November 2017|
|Queen's Park Primary School||Commitment November 2017|
|JBW Group||Commitment April 2018|
|Queen's Park Primary School||Excellence July 2018|
|Royal Lancaster Hotel||Commitment May 2018|
|Leon||Commitment June 2018|
|BRT||Commitment July 2018|
|Montgomery||Commitment July 2018|
|Georgian House Hotel||Commitment July 2018|
City West Homes
|Commitment July 2018|
|SHP Westminster Mental Health Floating Support||Commitment October 2018|
|CDG||Commitment October 2018|
|Landsec||Commitment October 2018|
|Healthy Lives||Commitment October 2018|
|Church Army||Commitment October 2018|
|Cavendish Centre||Commitment October 2018|
|GP Practice||Commitment October 2018|
|Wellington GP||Commitment November 2018|
|Regents University||Achievement February 2019|
|Abbey Community Centre||Commitment March 2019|
|Royal Albert Hall||Commitment March 2019|
|Red Carnations Hotel||Foundation April 2019|
|HKS||Foundation April 2019|
|Dorchester Hotel||Foundation May 2019|
|Park Lane||Foundation May 2019|
|Hospital of St.Johns and St. Elizabeth||Foundation May 2019|
|DLD College||Foundation June 2019|
|M&C SAATCHI||Foundation June 2019|
|St Clement Dances C of E Primary School||Foundation October 2019|
|Dragon Rouge||Foundation November 2019|
|Zipcar||Foundation November 2019|
|Social Care Institute for Excellence||Foundation November 2019|
|Forsters LLP||Foundation November 2019|
Below are a list of resources you may find useful. For more information on health and living well, search the People First website.
GOV.UK resources on workplace health
London City Hall on workplace health
MIND charity on how to promote workplace health (PDF)
Kick it - free local advice to stop smoking
Visit the Westminster sports and leisure pages
For a free TfL cycle safety seminar, email firstname.lastname@example.org
First things first:
Why do you need a Wellbeing Action Plan for your organisation?
Because people work better when they feel better.
Let’s get the basics right.
Wellbeing is a broad term that encompasses health and wellness. It covers all aspects of individual functioning - physical, mental, emotional, social, financial, environmental - and more. There are many definitions and multiple interpretations of this concept. It’s helpful to take a moment and reflect - what wellbeing means to you, your team and your organisation.
My favourite definition is this: wellbeing is a human capacity to function well at work and in life. Other professionals use the term ‘thriving’ or ‘flourishing’ to replace the traditional emphasis of wellbeing programmes on addressing ill-health and poor functioning.
A Wellbeing Action Plan sets out your vision and outlines your actions to improve the physical and mental wellbeing of your employees. To kick start your wellbeing journey, you and your team must decide:
The first step is to get together a small team of colleagues who are passionate about wellbeing and who want to be involved in planning, delivering and evaluating the scheme. Colleagues from Human Resources, Learning and Development or Health and Safety are perfectly placed to lead and contribute. If your organisation is relatively small, and you do not have these dedicated professionals, it works perfectly well to engage two or three colleagues who understand the importance of wellbeing and who have the vision and will to make a real difference.
Leadership is vital to the success of any project and to the success of the whole organisation. The same goes for leadership on organisational wellbeing. So, choose a lead, and set up a regular meeting to enable the development and implementation of your Wellbeing Action Plan. As a lead, you may feel the need for support – don’t be afraid to ask for it.
Organisational wellbeing starts with personal wellbeing - and you will need a lot of personal wellbeing to drive this action plan with stamina, passion and commitment to get engagement and achieve outstanding results.
Key questions to answer at this stage are:
If your aim is to be successful, put psychological wellbeing, including mental health, stress management and resilience at the very heart of your plan.
That’s it! So start to think about your plan and, if you have any questions, don’t hesitate to get in touch.
Westminster's Healthy Workplace Award Team
Date and time: TBC
Location: Westminster City Hall, 64 Victoria Street, London, SW1E 6QP
Did you know that more than half of employees surveyed by Total Jobs don’t take a lunch break? Only a third of UK employees leave their workplace after they have arrived.
Do you know someone who lunches at their desk or doesn’t take a break at all? To find out why this could be detrimental for your health and for your business join Sarah Gashier, Registered Nutritionist, for a fun workshop on why we should be eating al fresco and not at our desks.
More workers are skipping lunch and paying the price with their health. By skipping lunch, you starve your muscles and brain of key nutrients needed to function at peak performance. Learn the benefits of swapping your desk for some fresh air during lunch, what foods are best to eat during the day, and the benefits they have on your mind, body and soul.
** Workshops for shift-workers are available upon request.
The training will last for two hours and is available to businesses signed up to the Healthy Workplace Award for just £15, and to non-award members for £20; courses can even be delivered at your business. The course is for maximum of 18 delegates. In-house courses available upon request.
Please e-mail email@example.com for further information and cost.
Evaluation forms will be given to delegates to assess the success of the session. After training, it is expected that delegates will have improved awareness of issues associated with poor nutrition, what are the best foods to eat to increase brain power during the day and understand the importance of breaking away from the desk during lunch.
Sarah Gashier is a Registered Associate Nutritionist in Public Health, working as a wellbeing consultant for a local authority on the London Healthy Workplace Award and encouraging local business to sign up to a London wide scheme. Sarah is passionate about the benefits of excellent nutrition and has shared her expertise within the NHS and community, putting together activities and nutrition programmes focusing on motivating others make changes to their eating habits and levels of physical activity.
Date and time: 2 March 2020 from 12.30pm to 5.30pm
Location: Westminster City Hall, 64 Victoria Street, London, SW1E 6QP
1 in 6 employees are experiencing stress, anxiety or depression at any given time. Poor mental health and stress are consistently amongst the top reasons for sickness absence across all sectors and the trend is increasing. Mental health and wellbeing is a key area to consider when building healthy and happy workplaces.
The council’s Healthy Workplace Award team provides bespoke training on mental health and wellbeing, tailored to the needs of your business. The course is in two parts:
What is wellbeing, how to support positive mental health, common mental health problems (stress, depression, anxiety) in the workplace, how to recognise signs and symptoms, and how to tackle stigma.
Managing mental health and wellbeing in the workplace, listening and coaching skills, the importance of early intervention, understanding the Equality Act / reasonable adjustments and knowing where to seek help.
The half day training course is available to businesses signed up to the Healthy Workplace Award for just £30 and to non-award members for £60; courses can even be delivered at your business. The course is for maximum of 18 delegates.
training materials, electronic copies of presentations and handouts
recommended resources to support line employers and managers
ongoing email support for 30 days
Pre-session and post-session meetings will be arranged to understand your needs and challenges and discuss appropriate feedback and evaluation. Evaluation forms will be given to delegates to assess the success of the session. After training, it is expected that delegates will have improved awareness of issues affecting mental health and wellbeing and be able to demonstrate the essential skills needed in the workplace including listening, coaching and effective communication.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 020 7641 2676 to book.
Dorothy Martin is a Wellbeing Consultant for the Westminster Healthy Workplace Award. She is committed to increasing awareness about health and wellbeing in business to prevent burn-out, and enhance resilience, motivation and creativity. Dorothy has proven experience in the field of organisational wellbeing in the public, private and voluntary sectors, with qualifications in psychology (MSc), international public health (MSc), and human nutrition (Dip).