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

TRAC started to look at the Healthy Workplace scheme in the second half of 2011. We decided to work towards achieving this to ensure that we are doing all we can as an employer to provide a safe place to work but also support and encouragement for people to maximise their own physical and mental well-being. This is important for any business as you are only ever as strong as your people.

We like to think that we already go a long way to managing this well, however, this award gives a structure around which we can build on those things we do already and introduce further measures. It provides an excellent framework to support our staff.

Recent Health & Wellbeing activities on offer(this year):

  • Introduction of a fruit box scheme
  • Commitment to working towards the healthy workplace award
  • Formation of an employee representative group
  • Creation of Healthy Workplace area within the company Intranet
  • Improved offer to employees in terms of amenities available following relocation to the Pool Innovation Centre
  • VDU assessments for all employees
  • Set up an employee health and wellbeing focused notice board
  • Team members volunteered their services to help the Sustainable Trust remove Rhododendron and preserve the Fox Grove forest, near Helston
  • Team social events – including a walking treasure hunt in Newquay and a boat trip and BBQ

Plans/ Aims for next year:

  • To implement a workplace challenge – probably the pedometer challenge
  • Run a monthly awareness campaign on the staff notice board
  • Provide health check-up for all staff
  • Deliver a stress management awareness session for all staff
  • Have a minimum of 3 team social events of which at least one with involve a physical activity
  • Continue to promote opportunities to engage in physical activity
  • To volunteer as a team to support our local community through a physical activity

Quotes from staff:

"TRAC is always looking at ways to improve their employees’ general well-being – it makes me feel really valued!”

“TRAC has worked hard to promote a healthy workplace where the physical and emotional wellbeing of its staff is considered to be a top priority for the company.”

The healthy workplace toolkit has been an invaluable resource for TRAC. It has helped us review where we are as a company in terms of providing a healthy workplace and clearly identify new measures we can put in place. It is a very robust and easy to use resource that has united the team here in a common goal of improving the health and wellbeing of everyone. The website that support the initiative is easy to use and as lots of very helpful information and case studies. It is really easy to track your progress using the website. We have also benefited greatly from the support and enthusiasm of Rachel and the team in helping us on our journey and were delighted to be awarded silver following our recent assessment.

- Sarah Trethowan Director TRAC Services
Employee Feedback

"The Healthy Workplace programme has supported our business to build and nurture a culture of health and provide GE employees with the resources they need to get and stay healthy.The varying workshops, information & events that the Healthy Workplace programme provides, have enabled us to reach our goals of enhanced health awareness, reduced absenteeism and improved employee engagement within our organisation" - Claire Shelley, GE Money

Surrounding Influence

Having plants in and around the office can reduce employee annual sickness absence by as much as 23%, research by the Hortiucultural Trades Association has argued.  The research, in conjunction with the University of Reading, found that green space and planted areas can help to deliver substantial social and environmental benefits for organisations

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