Your business may be providing the most rewarding working environment, but external factors maybe impacting on your employees physical and mental wellbeing. These factors can be challenging for businesses to manage as they can eventually lead to absence and low productivity.

In the UK, 131 million working days are lost to sickness absence every year (ONS, 2017). The main reasons for sickness absence are:

Minor illnesses, 34.3 million days lost

Musculoskeletal problems, 28.2 million days lost

Stress, depression and anxiety, 14.3 million days lost

However, to help create healthier and more productive places to work, North Yorkshire County Council has launched its free Workplace Wellbeing Award.

With expert support and tools available, you can work with your employees to achieve an award that recognises your commitment to creating a health workplace. There are 3 levels, Bronze, Silver and Gold, which at your own pace you can implement changes that are appropriate for your business.

In the Silver Award, one of the changes is to encourage and support staff to engage in physical activity. In the BID business network, we have a number of gyms and sporting clubs that we can connect you with – big changes does not have to be expensive or time consuming.

For all of the information about the Award you can view it here, or you can contact the team at:

nyworkplacehealth@northyorks.gov.uk

01609 780 780

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