Healthy Workplace Charter award night

Organisations across London were recognised for their efforts to improve the health of their staff this week. Healthy London Partnership, the Mayor of London and Public Health England presented awards to businesses who have signed up to the London Workplace Charter.

The award acknowledges employers who demonstrate that their employee’s health and wellbeing matters to them.

Watch highlights from the Healthy Workplace Charter Awards 2016

Jemma Gilbert, Head of Prevention at Healthy London Partnership said: “This is a special night as 77 organisations covering public and private sectors as well as many NHS organisations have been accredited for their commitment to health and wellbeing in the workplace. Employers are increasingly recognising the link between healthy, happy employees and a more productive workforce.

“We know from research that 27.3m days are lost each year due to sickness absence or injury at an estimated cost to London business and industry of £10.4 billion lost each year.”

“The London Healthy Workplace Charter helps organisations address these challenges by encouraging employers to improve and develop wellbeing strategies across a wide range of areas, including support for mental wellbeing, smoking, alcohol and substance misuse, improving physical activity and promoting healthy eating. “

The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan said: “Congratulations to all the organisations who’ve been awarded a Healthy Workplace Charter accolade. Without a high-performing and healthy workforce, London would not be the fast-paced and dynamic city it is. It is great to see a record number of businesses and organisations showing true commitment to the health and wellbeing of their employees. Their dedication to their workforce is an example of how local businesses can prosper, attract the best talent and reap the rewards of investing in their staff.”

Employers who are interested in signing up to the Charter can find out more at www.london.gov.uk/healthyworkplace.