Sandwell workplace wellbeing
How healthy is your workforce? Supporting your employees to keep physically and mentally well is one of the best things you can do for them, and for your business. Your people will be more productive and engaged. Your business is likely to have a lower turnover of staff and fewer days taken off sick – which of course saves time, money and lots of worry.
We’ve rounded up several ways in which you can look after the wellbeing of yourself and your employees.
Thrive at Work
Thrive at Work is a commitment with criteria and guidelines on creating a workplace that promotes employee health and wellbeing, focusing on key enablers such as health & safety, manager training, and so on. It focuses on various health areas such as mental, musculoskeletal and physical health, and promotes healthy lifestyles.
To support each business’ implementation of the commitment and encourage uptake by employees, Thrive at Work offers a toolkit of available local and national resources, policies and services. The toolkit makes it clearer and easier for each business to raise awareness and take action to improve employee health and wellbeing.
West Midlands Combined Authority is offering businesses the chance to be one of 148 organisations to join a pioneering trial of Thrive at Work. Your business may have the opportunity to receive a financial investment to support your implementation of the Thrive at Work commitment.
The Health Check is a national NHS screening programme which aims to keep people healthy by identifying each person’s risk of developing conditions such as diabetes, heart disease, kidney disease, stroke and dementia. It includes questions on lifestyle and family history, as well as measuring blood pressure and cholesterol levels. You can read more about the programme at www.mytimeactive.co.uk/sandwell.
The appointments are quick – around 30 minutes per person – and can be carried out in your place of work, so your colleagues won’t need to take time away from their role. A small meeting room is ideal or, if space is a problem, the Mytime Active team can bring a mobile unit to be stationed outside, such as in a car park.
Mytime Active offers the Health Checks seven days a week. They can be booked months in advance, and short notice is sometimes possible too.
Please note that anyone who has had an NHS Health Check in the last five years will not be eligible for another yet. However, Mytime Active may be able to offer alternative screening – just ask.
Mytime Active also offers a Lifestyle Service aimed at individuals who live in Sandwell or have a GP in Sandwell who want to lose weight or get more active. This service is accessible across the Sandwell borough.
Health Assessments for younger employees within your workplace
The Health Assessments includes height, weight and body mass index (BMI) checks; waist and hip measurements; a blood pressure reading and an assessment of other health indicators such as dietary intake, physical activity, alcohol consumption and smoking.
Team Prevent can provide advice to your employees on how they can reduce their health risks and enjoy better life satisfaction.
Each Health Assessment takes around 20 minutes and can be carried out in a small room within your place of work.
For Health Assessment bookings, contact Tanya Bennett via firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sandwell Council has helpfully rounded up details of a wealth of free support available to make people’s lives happier and healthier. From smoking cessation to healthier eating, you’ll find lots of information via the Healthy Sandwell page.
Keep fit and enjoy Sandwell
And of course simply getting out and about is important for your mental and physical wellbeing, so we also recommend the Discover Sandwell website for suggestions of places to explore, events to attend and culture to enjoy right here in Sandwell.
Page last reviewed in October 2018.