The Workplace Wellbeing Award North Yorkshire

Our aim is to make North Yorkshire a more productive and healthier place to work, by encouraging employers to commit to improving the health and wellbeing of their workforce, and by recognising those who have already made that commitment. We want to help you create a culture of health and wellbeing that aligns with your organisation’s overall goals, enhances your reputation, and makes your organisation a great place to work.
Improved employee health and wellbeing has been shown to bring benefits to organisations
which include reduced sickness absence, reduced staff turnover, increased employee satisfaction, a higher company profile, and higher productivity. The Workplace Wellbeing Award is for organisations who want to be recognised for their achievements in improving the health and wellbeing of their staff.

Why is workplace health and wellbeing important?

From an employers’ perspective there are many benefits to investing in workplace wellbeing, as healthy staff are more productive, take less time off sick and are bless likely to need to retire early. Nationally, there is a growing body of evidence to show that workplaces with health and wellbeing programmes have:

• improved the health of their staff, enhanced their productivity and have a more sustainable and motivated workforce
• reduced absenteeism and presenteeism
• reduced workplace health risks, helping to meet their duty of care
• improved employee job satisfaction and retention
• financial benefits which outweigh the costs
• staff who are better equipped to deal with change and manage stress
• enhanced their reputation and standing in the local community

Locally, North Yorkshire County Council is one of the largest employers in the county with almost 9,000 staff. It has benefitted from the introduction of a number of wellbeing initiatives including a healthy workplace group which promotes health campaigns and staff led activities. The Council has also signed up to be a Mindful Employer which demonstrates a commitment to recruit and retain staff who have mental health issues. As a result there has been an increase in employee engagement, a positive culture change around attitudes towards mental health and a reduction in staff absenteeism. It is estimated that by 2020 1 in 3 British workers will be over the age of 50 years. As the working age is increasing there will be a greater need to manage long-term conditions in the workplace, to ensure that the ageing workforce is a healthy one.


Some key facts about workplace health and wellbeing

Costs of ill health:

The 2017 Britain’s healthiest workplace report, found that productive working days lost due to physical and mental health issues cost the UK economy approximately

billion a year

million working days

In the UK 131 million working days are lost to sickness absence every year (ONS, 2017). The main reasons for sickness absence are:

• Minor illnesses, 34.3 million days lost
• Musculoskeletal problems, 28.2 million days lost
• Stress, depression and anxiety, 14.3 million days lost


While the overall rate of sickness absence has fallen since 2009, absence due to mental health reasons in this period has risen by around 5%. (ONS Sickness Absence in the Labour Market: 2016; 2017)

In Yorkshire and the Humber 2% of working days are lost due to sickness. (ONS, 2017)