This week (18-22 May) is Northamptonshire’s Healthy Workplace Week, a five-day campaign encouraging local businesses to take better care of their employees’ health and wellbeing.
With many of us spending more than 60% of our waking hours at work, the campaign challenges bosses to make it easier for staff to inject activity into and around their working day.
Full programme of events
Workplaces offer a major opportunity to drive health improvement and this morning (Monday), a full week’s programme of events was given an energetic launch at Northampton Saints RFC with a healthy breakfast, networking and a five-minute Energiser with Saints’ Strength Conditioning Coach, Marc Finney.
Numerous Northamptonshire businesses joined Allan Robson, Chief Executive at the Saints, to get behind the campaign, join in with some of the planned activity and pledge their commitment to Northamptonshire’s Workplace Challenge, acknowledging their awareness of the importance of health both in and out of the workplace.
Better well-being, increased productivity
Councillor Robin Brown, cabinet minister for public health and wellbeing at Northamptonshire County Council, said: “Workplaces are an important setting for health and wellbeing and offer a major opportunity to drive health improvement.
“People who achieve good standards of well-being at work are likely to be more creative, loyal and productive and provide better customer satisfaction than individuals with poor standards of well-being. Even small changes can lead to shared success and greater interest amongst staff leading to a building of momentum.”
"A fabulous campaign"
Jo Lappin, CEO, NEP, who opened the event, said: “This is a fabulous campaign that encourages all of our businesses to help their employees be as healthy as possible. Clearly, a healthy workforce is great for individuals but also for the organisation as it results in fewer absences and better productivity, so a real impact on the bottom line.
“The NEP team will be getting involved in a range of activities during the week including the kick-start event at the Saints, the Midday Mile on Wednesday and Tai Chi at Stanwick Lakes on Thursday.”
Northamptonshire’s #Healthy Workplace Week schedule of events including the UK’s first Midday Mile and a beginners Tai Chi session can be viewed here: www.northamptonshireep.co.uk/news/2015/northamptonshires-getting-healthy
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Are you ready to make the pledge?
Now and all this week, Northamptonshire’s employers are being asked: ‘are you ready to take the pledge and sign-up to Northamptonshire’s Workplace Challenge? Are you ready to get active about keeping a healthy workforce?’
For a Healthy Workplace solution to benefit your business and employees, sign-up to the Workplace Challenge by going to www.workplacechallenge.org.uk/northants
Dementia Awareness Week
Northamptonshire’s Healthy Workplace Week is timed to coincide with Dementia Awareness Week -17-23 May 2015 - as having a healthy and active lifestyle helps to offset the likelihood of dementia in the future. For more information, visit the Alzheimer’s Society website: www.alzheimers.org.uk/dementiaawareness
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