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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.

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Health, wellbeing and productivity in the workplace

In the United Kingdom during 2013–2014 an estimated 1.2 million people who worked during the last
year were suffering from an illness (long-standing as well as new cases) they believed was caused or made worse by their current or past work. Half a million of these appear to be new conditions which started during the year. 


Health, wellbeing and productivity in the workplace
A Britain’s Healthiest Company summary report
Marco Hafner, Christian van Stolk, Catherine Saunders, Joachim Krapels and Ben Baruch


St. Austell Brewery won a gold award on their first year of taking part in the programme. Chrissie Knight, Occupational Health Manager for the brewery, commented, “Caring for and investing in the workforce has always been a priority at the Brewery and it is wonderful to gain recognition for the work that takes place at all levels to ensure that we remain an employer of choice for people in the South West, which is not only because of the opportunities that exist at many levels within the organisation, but also because of the support and benefits that exist for all employees”

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