Championing health and wellbeing in the workplace

Date: 
Wednesday, 12 June, 2019
Number: 
19-41

A free event will be taking place for Harlow employers on Friday 28 June to promote positive health and wellbeing in the workplace.

The Work Well event will be held at Harlow Town Football Club from 12 noon until 2pm and aims to provide Harlow employers with useful information on how to create and maintain a happy and healthy workforce. A free lunch will also be provided for all attendees.

In the UK, over 34 million days are lost each year to minor illnesses, 28 million days are lost to musculoskeletal problems, such as a bad back and 14 million days are lost due to stress, depression and anxiety. 

Organised by the Be Well, Work Well, Stay Well delivery group of the Health and Wellbeing Partnership Board, the event will include speakers from a number of organisations, including Employ-Ability and the Department for Work and Pensions.

Councillor Eugenie Harvey, Portfolio Holder for Community Wellbeing, said:

"It is well known that being in employment can have significant health benefits and that a healthy workforce is a more productive workforce.

"However, 1 in 3 employees are living with a long term health condition and have not discussed it with their employer due to stigma and fear of discrimination. Nevertheless, there are some simple things employers can do to help improve the working life and make it easier for people with long-term conditions to access work.

“The Work Well event is a great opportunity for employers to network and discover the benefits of free support services available locally, as well as engaging with employers who have already taken steps to improve and prioritise their employees’ health and wellbeing.”

Speakers at the event will include:

  • Department for Work and Pensions: Is your workplace Disability Confident?
  • Active Essex: The importance of physical activity and its role within the workplace
  • Mind in West Essex: Time to Change, removing the stigma of Mental Health
  • Provide CIC: Essex Lifestyle Service and Working Well, an employee led approach to workplace health and wellbeing
  • Employ-Ability: Support for employees experiencing mental health problems.
  • Rainbow Services: Employee Volunteering
  • Case studies from HTS (Property & Environment) Ltd, Pemberley Academy and Bidfood.
  • Harlow Council: The event will be opened by the Portfolio Holder for Community Wellbeing and closed by the Managing Director for the council.

 

For more information and to book your free place at the visit www.eventbrite.co.uk and search ‘Work Well in Harlow’.