Sandwell workplace wellbeing
Supporting your employees to keep physically and mentally well is one of the best things you can do for them. It’s good for your business too. Everyone 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 worry.
Here are some resources for nurturing a healthy workforce. Please see also our mental health and wellbeing page in relation to the coronavirus pandemic.
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.
You can sign up for the Thrive at Work programme through the West Midlands Combined Authority.
Health Assessments for younger employees within your workplace
For employees aged 18 to 39 years living or working in Sandwell (or registered with a GP in the borough) Team Prevent provides free comprehensive Health Assessments.
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 more information, visit the website, where you can live chat to a member of the team. You can also call on 01327 810262 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Kaleidoscope Group’s PLUS (Positive Lives Using Skills) programme offers ten-workshop courses supporting people with their personal wellbeing and covers managing stress and anxiety, low mood and depression, sleep and relaxation, self-esteem building and more. The next three cohorts are running in April to June 2021.
Oldbury-based Select Lifestyles specialises in looking after adults with learning disabilities and associated conditions. It also offers a mental health wellbeing in the workplace course. To find out more visit its website http://www.selectlifestyles.co.uk/.
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.
Sandwell Healthy Minds
Sandwell Healthy Minds offers psychological therapy services for people experiencing common mental health problems such as low mood, depression, anxiety and stress. If you are 16 or over, live in Sandwell or are registered with a Sandwell GP, visit the website or call 0303 033 9903 (8am – 5pm, Monday to Friday).
Cranstoun Sandwell provides free and confidential advice and support to adults in Sandwell who would like to talk about alcohol or drugs. The website includes drug and alcohol self assessment tools to help you assess your use, or you can call on 0121 553 1333. For local support to stop smoking, visit the Everyone Health website, or call 0333 005 0095.
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 updated in March 2021 and is currently under review.