Thrive at Work accreditation

Accreditation levels

The Thrive at Work Wellbeing Commitment is a standard of good practice and a quality mark for health and wellbeing in the workplace. The programme helps employers improve staff health and wellbeing, engage and communicate more effectively with employees and help to achieve a range of business and organisational benefits.

By participating you are already on the road to addressing issues such as:

  • Reducing sickness absence costs
  • Improving productivity
  • Improving staff engagement and commitment 

There are four levels at which an organisation can achieve accreditation - Foundation, Bronze, Silver and Gold.

Foundation Level

The Foundation level consists of a 5-step approach, giving you a comprehensive understanding of your current position and supports you to action plan in the right direction and demonstrate commitment to your improvement.

Bronze Level

Bronze level focuses on how to provide awareness and information to support employees to make healthier choices and continue the journey of organisational wellbeing in tandem.

Silver Level

Silver level focuses on understanding employee health needs and demonstrating action to meet those needs.

Gold Level

Gold level focuses on your business becoming experts in managing employee health and wellbeing and developing strategies for success. Greater emphasis on monitoring and measuring for sustainable improvement. 

Download and print a graphic of Thrive At Work's levels.

Key themes

Each level of the accreditation is underpinned by key themes.

1. Enablers of health

Addresses organisational leadership, policies and procedures that can help effect change.

  • Health and wellbeing lead(s)
  • Attendance management
  • Policies and procedures
  • Line manager support
  • Health and safety
  • Social value

2. Mental health

Helps to develop identification, prevention and self-management mental wellbeing strategies, including training and support

  • Identification
  • Prevention
  • Self-management
  • Treatment

3. Musculoskeletal health

Addresses prevention, self-management and treatment strategies, and support, such as how posture and movement at work can impact physical health.

  • Identification
  • Prevention
  • Self-management
  • Treatment

4. Lifestyles

Tackles general wellbeing issues such as smoking, alcohol, substance use, weight management and physical activity.

  • Smoking
  • Alcohol and substance abuse
  • Healthy eating, drinking and weight
  • Physical activity
  • Active travel

5. External risks to health

Considers wider impacts on health, such as financial pressures, domestic abuse and caring responsibilities.

  • Financial health
  • Domestic abuse
  • Caring responsibilities