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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

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”


“Public Health England South West is delighted to showcase the workplace wellbeing case studies from Cornwall and Isle of Scilly as exemplars of good practice in support of the: ‘Mental health toolkit for employers’, ‘Musculoskeletal health in the workplace’, ‘Reducing the risk of suicide: a preventative toolkit for employers’ and ‘Crisis management in the event of a suicide: a postvention guide for employers’.  Cornwall and Isle of Scilly has a long track record of leading the way in supporting local employers develop approaches that create healthy workplaces which meet the quality mark standards required to receive the prestigious ‘health and wellbeing in the workplace’ award.”

Professor Kevin Elliston, Deputy Director Health & Wellbeing South West

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