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Eden Project

We are delighted to have been awarded the Silver Workplace Health Award.

foodWhilst we know that ‘Good Health is Good for Business’ sometimes it can be difficult to see the path through the woods. Good Health and Wellbeing at work can be complex, it is part of the bigger sustainability picture that all businesses face and trying to manage expectations with few resources can be daunting.

The Health Promotion Service has been an invaluable source of help and advice, both in practical terms and for support. We have used their resources on several occasions in different ways and will continue to do so.

foodThis award as well as being confirmation of good practice, has also been a useful and practical tool, it has been a framework for ideas and inspiration. It sets out the expectations in a clear and meaningful way, but still allows for businesses to meet the requirements in their own individual way.

It has been helpful to be able to ‘dip in and out’ of the process at a time and pace that has suited our needs. It is also balanced in terms of practical practice examples as well as policies and documentation which reflects the ways things usually happen in the real workplace.

peopleOne of our annual highlights at Eden is now our Health and Benefits Fayre where we showcase as many of the benefits of working at Eden as we can and we invite a range of organisations to join us on the day to promote their services and allow people to try out some of the services and therapies.

It brings us all together and gets us talking (and eating cake). A number of people are now involved in Health and Wellbeing at Eden, it is firmly on the agenda and we are looking forward to introducing more activities and initiatives.

Costs

27 million working days were lost due to work-related illness in 2011/12.  Workplace ill health cost society an estimated £13.8 billion in 2010/11.

Savings!

One firm Hewitt Associates, who implemented a wellbeing initiative including stress management advice two years ago, beleives the wellbeing programme saves £700,000 a year.

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