Council reaches gold standard

Trudi Grant and Anna Groskop

Somerset County Council is the latest employer to be recognised by Somerset’s Public Health for its commitment to improving the health and wellbeing of its workforce.

The Council was presented with the Somerset Healthy Workplace gold award this week, after being assessed on areas such as supporting staff to quit smoking, promoting physical activity and offering support to reduce stress.

An ongoing programme of action has been developed to continue this work and the Council will need to complete an annual self-assessment to maintain its gold status.

The award, which is free to all Somerset businesses, is being brought in line with the national workplace wellbeing charter, meaning that businesses accredited under the scheme will have nationally recognised status.

Cllr Anna Groskop, Somerset County Council’s Cabinet Member for HR, Health and Transformation, said: “Somerset County Council is proud to have achieved the highest level of this award as it places a high priority on the wellbeing of staff.

“We all know that if people are happy at work then their physical and mental health benefit as a result.  People spend over half of their lives at work, so it makes sense that workplaces help support and promote staff health and wellbeing.

“But it’s not just staff that benefit – the business also benefits in many ways, such as better customer care, reduced absence costs and improved work performance and quality.”