Healthy Workplace Charter

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 Charter.

The Healthy Workplace Charter 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 subsidised mental health and wellbeing training for managers.

Strengthen your brand and reputation and join organisations that already stand out with this prestigious accreditation.

The charter supports all types of employers, large and small, from the public, private and voluntary sectors. 

1. The benefits

There are many benefits of having a healthy and happy workforce including:

  • saving money
  • enhancing engagement
  • improving productivity
  • lowering sickness absences
  • heavily subsidised mental health and wellbeing training for managers
  • free local support from a healthy workplace advisor
  • prestigious accreditation to help you stand out

For further information please see The Business Case for Wellbeing.

2. The standards

Corporate support and wellbeing

Creating a working environment which is conducive to health and supported by senior management.

Attendance management

Effective data collation and how it’s used to reduce and monitor sickness absenteeism. How is long and short term sickness managed?

Health and safety

The systems the organisation uses to monitor and improve health and safety.

Mental health and wellbeing

How the organisation protects and promotes the mental wellbeing of staff and reduce stigma.

Tobacco

As the leading cause of premature death and illness, how does an organisation go beyond the minimum legal requirement to address this?

Physical activity

How the organisation actively promotes the importance and benefits of regular physical activity.

Healthy eating

Ways in which the organisation actively encourages and enables staff to eat healthily.

Alcohol and substance misuse

The way an organisation responds to problematic use of alcohol and other substances.

3. Get involved

Register online if you're interested in signing up to the charter.

Register online

For further information or to arrange a meeting, please contact healthyworkplace@westminster.gov.uk or 020 7641 2676.

4. Events

Throughout the year the Westminster Charter team will be organising a series of events for businesses within the City of Westminster, the London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham, and the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea. 

They will give businesses the opportunity to find out more about the Charter, meet the workplace leads and explore some of the added benefits of being a healthy business.

Events

Rethink Your Drink

Date: Monday 29 January from 8.30am to 11.00am.

Venue: 5 The Strand, WC2N 5HR

A light breakfast will be provided.

Join our interactive breakfast seminar to find out more about alcohol awareness in the workplace, as well as practical advice on changing behaviour and reducing risks associated with alcohol consumption.

Register for this free event.

 

 

5. Case studies

TfL received a Healthy Workplace Charter award for excellence.

Who is Transport for London (TfL)?

TfL is the integrated transport authority responsible for delivering the Mayor of London's strategy and commitments on transportation. They run the day-to-day operations of London's public transport network and manage London's main roads.

Every day more than 31 million journeys are made across London's network of trains, bus, boats, and roads. TfL works to keep the city moving, working and growing.

Why did TfL sign up to the Healthy Workplace Charter?

TfL signed up to the Healthy Workplace Charter to benchmark their Health and Wellbeing Improvement Programme and to determine how well they had been delivering their programme. They were already covering key areas of health and wellbeing, but wanted tan impartial view of their programme from an external body to identify any gaps and to provide any recommendations on how they could improve the programme.

TfL said: "the idea of having an external award and being seen as a healthy workplace was appealing and worthwhile, the guidance for the charter was clear and helpful, and the process was smooth and stress free".

What have they achieved?

By signing up to the charter they were able to identify gaps, such as how to increase the awareness of good nutrition and to promote it in-house. They were able to put together effective action plans to develop their wellbeing agenda even further.

TfL has been the first organisation awarded excellence in Westminster. They received accreditation in 2013. They are continuing to priorities and deliver innovative and comprehensive programme to their employees.

 

6. Accredited companies

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

7. Resources

Below are a list of resources you may find useful. For more information on health and living well, search the People First website.

General workplace health

GOV.uk resources on workplace health

London City Hall on workplace health

MIND charity on how to promote workplace health (PDF)

Smoking

NHS smokefree

​Kick it, free local advice to stop smoking

Activity

Visit the Westminster sports and leisure pages

For a free TfL cycle safety seminar, email cyclingworkplaces@tfl.gov.uk

 


Last updated: 10 January 2018
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