2015 Health & Safety Week focuses on occupational health

Health and safety | May 2015

H&S WeekOpportunity to engage employees and raise awareness

Health & Safety Week returns this year from 15-19 June. The campaign aims to stimulate and engage employers and employees to embrace health in the workplace. With the spotlight on occupational health, employers are being urged to get involved.

Why not make this your organisation’s ‘Health Year’?

This year’s event provides an opportunity for organisations to get involved and show their commitment to health and safety, starting by hosting a health week at work. And at System Concepts we’d urge you to use this as a springboard to create longer term momentum.

cta-imageGetting started is simple: just download the Health & Safety Week supporters pack http://www.healthandsafetyweek.com/supporters-pack/ and then contact us

We can help you devise a year long campaign to engage employees, and raise awareness of occupational health issues within your organisation. We’ve already helped other organisations improve wellbeing, as the examples below demonstrate.

Improving wellbeing in a large financial services organisation

We helped a large financial services provider to engage its workforce and improve wellbeing. This included developing a disability management programme, providing an audit of how the organisation managed resilience, and providing a range of information on health management issues, from diabetes to managing health when working overseas.

We also developed a musculoskeletal management programme including a referral scheme for employees with disabilities. This involved working with the company’s facilities and procurement teams to optimise IT and furniture procurement choices, and providing a display screen assessment programme.

A range of wellbeing events was an integral part of the wider wellbeing strategy, including:

  • Stub it out: A smoking cessation campaign coinciding with National No Smoking Day.
  • Wellbeing week: Raising awareness of employee lifestyle services and benefits. Of 1,500 on-site staff, we generated 450 enquiries and 250 active participants.
  • Flexible working clinic: Appraising employees on flexible working options and the correct set up of IT equipment for home working.
  • Chair clinic: Advising people how to adjust their chairs for maximum comfort.
  • ‘A pain in your workplace’: Back pain avoidance advisory sessions.
  • Guided relaxation: Improving productivity by staging a series of sessions to encourage people to take a short break from their desks.

Reducing sickness absence in a call centre environment

In the space of just three months, we helped a call centre to achieve a dramatic reduction in sickness absence. Our programme lowered sickness levels from around four days per quarter per employee, to zero absences in the first three months.
To achieve this, we designed and delivered a wellbeing consultation programme. We provided expert insights based on an initial survey, then focused on specific work role, environment and conflict related issues.

Focus groups provided an effective way to resolve employees’ issues, and we followed-up with an action plan including: voice care advice; team building exercises; workstation assessments; job rotation; and increased break taking.

H&S Week LogoMake a lasting difference to employee wellbeing

We encourage you to get involved in Health & Safety Week. And if you want to develop a great initiative for your organisation, get in touch – we can help you make a lasting difference to employee wellbeing.

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