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Wellbeing at Work Award

The Wellbeing at Work Award recognises employers’ commitment to supporting employee wellbeing through an accreditation programme. The programme is operated by Public Health at East Sussex County Council and provides a framework for improving health and wellbeing in the workplace.

About the Awards

East Sussex Wellbeing at Work is the county standard of good practice in health and wellbeing in the workplace. The programme will guide employers on a journey of health improvement through a framework of awards which contain specific criteria to achieve. The programme takes a holistic approach, covering the following topics:

  • Physical Activity and Active Travel
  • Healthy Eating
  • Musculoskeletal Health and Health & Safety
  • Mental Health
  • Sickness Absence, Return to Work and Prevention
  • Alcohol, Substance Misuse, and Stop Smoking
  • Leadership, Management and Workplace Culture

What awards are available?

Commitment Award:

For workplaces of all sizes.

Optional entry level Commitment Award. This is a great place to start for organisations who are thinking about starting a wellbeing improvement journey for the first time.

This light touch, simple to achieve award is open to employers of all sizes. To achieve commitment award, the workplace must undertake an employee health needs assessment survey and highlight one action to take forward from the results.

For businesses who want to dive straight in, or have already started making some positive changes to support wellbeing in the workplace, you may want to consider starting with the Bronze award. Bronze award is based on business size, read more below:

Small and Micro Business Awards:

For workplaces that have 2 to 49 employees.

Small Business Bronze Award – 10 criteria to complete. The Small Business Bronze award is focused on building the foundations of a healthy workplace. Bronze is a great place to start for workplaces that are keen to dive straight into improving wellbeing in their workplace, or have already started making some positive changes.

Small Business Silver Award – 10 criteria to complete. The Small Business Silver award is available to workplaces who have achieved bronze status, and are looking to further develop wellbeing as part of their organisations ethos.

Small Business Gold Award – 10 criteria to complete. The Small Business Gold award is available to workplaces who have achieved silver status, and are looking to take their wellbeing programme to new heights, embedding health and wellbeing in the organisations culture and becoming a role model for other employers.

Medium and Large Business Awards:

For workplaces that have 50 or more employees. Each award level covers a range of criteria across all of the programme topic areas.

Bronze Award – 20 criteria to complete. Bronze is focused on building the foundations of a healthy workplace. Bronze is a great place to start for workplaces that are keen to dive straight into improving wellbeing in their workplace, or have already started making some positive changes.

Silver Award – 20 criteria to complete. Silver award is available to workplaces who have achieved bronze status, and are looking to further embed wellbeing into their organisations culture.

Gold Award – 20 criteria to complete. Gold is available to workplaces who have achieved silver status, and are looking to take their wellbeing programme to new heights, embedding wellbeing in the organisations culture and becoming a role model for other employers.

Holding a Wellbeing at Work award will set your organisation apart as an employer of choice when it comes to supporting employee mental health and wellbeing, whilst also enjoying the benefits.

How it works

The accreditation programme is launching in September 2021 for East Sussex businesses to take part.

You can register to take part in the programme and receive an East Sussex Wellbeing at Work award here.

Once you have registered, a welcome pack and supporting handbook will be made accessible to you. You will also be able to set up a secure login to this website, where you are able to manage your accreditation progress and upload supporting evidence towards each award.

The East Sussex Wellbeing at Work Handbook guides you step-by-step through the accreditation process, with examples of best practice and evidence and a ‘how to’ implement the criteria framework by collating relevant wellbeing resources and templates.

You also have access to the Wellbeing at Work team, who are available to offer you support through your journey and assist with any queries you may have. They will keep you informed of up and coming events, webinars, and any new online resource.

Eligibility

All businesses and organisations of any sector based in East Sussex that employ more than 1 employee can join the Awards programme. If you are a sole trader, you can still seek wellbeing at work support by accessing our Resources or getting in touch with us.

Register for the Programme.