The Award of the Workplace Wellbeing Charter is clear recognition of the positive way in which you run your business and support your workforce. It demonstrates that you are working to a set of locally and nationally agreed standards. If you register your interest in, and commitment to, the principles of the Charter you will receive help and advice to bring in any necessary changes on your journey towards achieving Charter status.
The Workplace Wellbeing Charter is a voluntary, self-assessment scheme open to all public, private and voluntary sector organisations of any size based in England. (For organisations outside of Coventry refer to http://www.wellbeingcharter.org.uk for further information.) Whatever your size, all organisations and businesses can benefit from working towards Charter standards.
There is a growing body of evidence to show the financial benefits enjoyed by organisations that bring in wellbeing programmes, including reduced sickness absence, improved productivity and reduced staff turnover.
Do it for demographic reasons...
As we age, we become more susceptible to chronic diseases, such as heart disease and diabetes, which are on the increase. As an employer it is in your interests to help your employees by supporting their wellbeing through the workplace.
Do it for financial reasons...
With employers and employees bearing the burden of sickness absence costs, and the economy losing the output of those who are not in work, it's in everyone's interests to improve the health and wellbeing of working age people.
Do it for social reasons...
As an employer, is your only success measured in terms of financial profit? Many larger organisations are now measuring their employee satisfaction and wellbeing as an indication of success because it leads to increased performance and, therefore, profitability. This shift is also likely to be a reflection of the benefits reaped in the labour market - high competition for skilled staff means those organisations looking after their employees will be more attractive to the right people. This in turn makes them more attractive to their customers
Do it for legal reasons...
The Charter standards will help your organisation to consider the variety of ways your employees are affected by work, some of which you may be under a legal obligation to monitor. For more information, please visit the Health and Safety Executive and Equality Act 2010 website.
You will need to register your interest by completing the Workplace Wellbeing Charter Registration online form.
A representative will then contact you to arrange an on-site visit to discuss the self assessment standards with you in full detail. They will also offer support throughout the process and be your first point of call if you have any queries.
Please refer to the Wellbeing in the Workplace Charter - Guidance Notes for Employers.