Earlier this week, more than 50 businesses and organisations from across London had their commitment and investment in employee wellbeing celebrated as they were awarded the London Healthy Workplace Charter at the Lord Mayor’s office in London.
Representatives from companies including Leon, Ealing MenCap, Chelsea & Westminster Hospital and Cedar Dean, amongst others were on hand to collect their awards from Shalah Akhtar, a mental health advocate and head of PWC’s Muslim Network.
Wondering what the London Healthy Workplace Charter is? It’s an initiative backed by the Mayor of London, which provides clear and easy steps for employers to make their workplaces healthier and happier. It’s essentially a set of standards that organisations meet in order to receive an official accreditation (and award). These are 8 standards of the charter:
· Corporate support for wellbeing
· Attendance management
· Health & safety requirements
· Mental health & wellbeing
· Tobacco & smoking
· Physical activity
· Healthy eating
· Substance abuse
Organisations applying need to gather evidence proving their efforts in their areas and can then either apply for the ‘Commitment’ level online, or aim for ‘Achievement’ or ‘Excellence’ – which they’ll need to have a face to face interview to present and talk through their evidence.
To date, 237 organisations have been accredited and awarded, with more than 310,000 employees benefitting.
Stretching the City founder and director, Sally Lovett trained as a charter verifier with the Greater London Authority earlier this year and says of the charter:
“It’s been hugely insightful witnessing the efforts and initiatives organisations have been implementing to achieve accreditation. The charter is helping place wellbeing firmly on the HR and organisational agenda and provides a useful framework for those who want to launch a wellbeing programme, but don’t know where to begin.”
Photo credit: Nathan Winch, London Healthy Workplace Charter.
Congratulations again to all the winners. If you’d like to register your company’s interest to gain accreditation, sign up here. If you’d like to arrange a call or meeting where we can talk you through the process and help with your application, get in touch.