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foodCompany ethos or mission statement:

‘HealthAhead’ - The journey to better health and well-being for our employees and their families. A holistic wellness programme to build and nurture a culture of health and provide GE employees with the resources they need to get and stay healthy.

A brief summary of why you have become a healthy workplace:

We recognise the importance of offering opportunities for employees to make healthy choices in the workplace.

Recent Health & Wellbeing activities on offer:

Flu jabs, free private medical cover, free eye tests, sun safe sessions; healthy options in canteen, healthy boxes, free fruit day (weekly), free weight watchers online for all; yoga/football/beach olympics/badminton; smoking cessation sessions; stress elearning course; mental health stand, onsite masseur visits

Plans/ Aims for next year:

Continue with all the above and add Swiss ball challenge, 50% subsidy on gyms/clubs, back pain prevention workshops.

Have you achieved a Healthy Workplace award already?

Yes – silver in 2010 and gold in 2011




I had a very stressful time in my personal life the day before and I had to come into work feeling very unlike myself I was unable to concentrate etc the massages really helped straighten me out and I felt like I could cope with the day."

"Our role as collections agents can be very repetitive and stressful due to being target orientated. It is nice to see that the company recognise the importance of wellbeing of the staff and to give us the opportunity to do try activities that can be so beneficial.

- Staff
Sickness Absence

Stress related conditions and musculoskeletal disorders are now the most common reported causes of sickness absence from work in the UK. 

Employee Feedback

"I am lucky to work for an organisation whose management has whole-heartedly supported me throughout the process of obtaining the Healthy Workplace Awards.  The Directors have never said ‘no’ and it is great to know that my employer is interested in everyone’s well-being at work.  Not only have they approved my initiatives but they have also led by example and joined in some of them too.  They have committed, what are for us, scarce resources and agreed more flexible working policies as well as offering support to staff who may struggle with work or with personal problems through solid employment policies and management techniques"- Louise Mallas, YMCA Cornwall

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