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Cornwall Development Company

A brief summary of why we became a healthy workplace

The CDC Board of Directors and Executive Team recognise the importance of wellbeing for staff morale, engagement and productivity and therefore the duty we have to our staff as a responsible employer.  The continuing pace of change within the public sector means that staff need the tools and resources to be able to work effectively in this environment and a focus on welling at work has a positive effect not only for them as employees but also in their personal lives as well.


Recent health and well being activities

Recent activities for CDC's Wellbeing at Work Group include organising stress management training for line managers, facilitating activities such as lunchtime yoga, personal training sessions and organising free spinal checks.  We also issue a regular wellbeing at work newsletter that includes information and advice of a variety of themes and offers training opportunities to staff.

Plans/aims for the next year

We intend to roll out our biennial health assessments, last delivered in 2012/3, and hope to put a team together to participate in the Beach Games.  We are encouraging staff to organise their own activities, including a companywide social event in the summer that will bring together staff from across our three sites.

At CDC the Health & Wellbeing team has developed a package of activities and services specifically for employees from weekly yoga classes, to personal training and stress management sessions, along with blood pressure, BMI and chiropractor check-ups. The Health & Wellbeing team provide a great, free service and help employees live healthy lives.

- Staff

 “We have learned so much through the Cornwall Workplace Health Award Programme already, and are keen that we pass this learning on to our staff.  With many organisations already represented, we were surprised we haven’t got involved sooner as it’s so aligned to our overall ‘Wellbeing Ambition’ that working for the Environment Agency will improve health and wellbeing”

Steve Marks, Environment Agency

Top tip! No hiding from work email for employees

Companies need to set clear policies on acceptable use of work email, as well as regarding when to switch off - employees need to know it is OK to let work email that arrived after hours wait until the morning.

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