West Berkshire Council

Workplace Wellbeing Charter

How the Workplace Wellbeing Charter can help your business

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Applying

The Workplace Wellbeing Charter is a statement of intent, showing the commitment of businesses to the health and wellbeing of the people who work for them.

You can apply using our online workplace wellbeing charter application form.

Our team will then contact you to arrange a on-site visit and a chat about the self-assessment standards in more detail.

Gaining a Workplace Wellbeing Charter Award

West Berkshire Council is a qualified provider that can support and advise your organisation in gaining the Workplace Wellbeing Charter Award.

The award operates on three levels:

  • Commitment - standards all organisations should meet - putting the building blocks in place
  • Achievement  - actively encouraging positive lifestyle choices and addressing health issues
  • Excellence - fully engaged leadership with a range of programmes and support mechanisms

Each subsequent level assumes you've achieved those prior to it.

To achieve each level, employers will be required to gather a portfolio of evidence, including written policies, emails, photos and staff surveys, to show they meet the standards.

Our team will give you guidance to implement any changes and put you in touch with other organisations that will help you to improve wellbeing in your workplace.

We'll be producing a manual specifically for West Berkshire businesses to help in gaining the award, but in the meantime, the pdf icon national Workplace Wellbeing Charter Manual [220kb] and Workplace Wellbeing Charter Award website contain plenty of useful information about how it works and why it's important.

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The benefits of the Workplace Wellbeing Charter

Wellbeing in the workplace means that your employees are healthy, happy and productive. 
Gaining the award is a sign that you take these things seriously, and commit to the wellbeing of your staff in a proactive way.

Amongst other benefits:

  • lower sickness absence - evidence suggests encouraging staff to be healthy and active can reduce this by 20 to 30%
  • lower costs - sickness absence costs the West Berkshire economy approx £25.2 million per year - there's a clear financial advantage to having a workplace wellbeing programme
  • helping to adapt to a changing workforce - the working age of West Berkshire people is increasing, with more people at work than the national average - making sure that an aging workforce is a healthy one too has a direct benefit to productivity
  • helping to manage illness and long term conditions at work - this is likely to be an ongoing requirement for employers and in their interests to plan for

Who To Contact

Contact details for West Berkshire's Public Health and Wellbeing Team

01635 519973