Saturday 16 November 2013
Clubs in the Barclays Premier League have long been organising schemes to get their fans and people in their community to improve their health but one club have gone further and taken the campaign to their staff with success.
Everton have become the first club in the UK to be awarded the status of “Excellence” for the Health at Work’s Workplace Wellbeing Charter. The award is the highest level of accreditation and recognises an organisation’s commitment to employees’ health and wellbeing through a national benchmarking scheme to encourage employers to make positive changes in the workplace to benefit the health and wellbeing of their staff.
The club were presented with a plaque by the Deputy Mayor of Liverpool and Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care and Health, Cllr Roz Gladden, with former striker Graeme Sharp on hand to accept it at Goodison Park.
“It is fantastic to see one of the most high profile and prominent employers in the city taking the issue of workplace wellbeing very seriously,” Cllr Gladden said. “The positive impact that employment can have on health and wellbeing is now well documented and there is strong evidence to show how having a healthy workforce can reduce sickness, absence, lower staff turnover and boost productivity.”
The Workplace Wellbeing Charter is valid for two years and Denise Barrett-Baxendale, Everton’s in the Community’s CEO, has vowed that the club will continue to improve the high standards over the next 12 months, tackling specific health issues, including mental health.
“In a city which has one of the highest cancer rates and lowest life expectancy in the country, Everton was approached by Health at Work to achieve the charter for the benefit of staff,” Barrett-Baxendale said. “The Workplace Wellbeing Charter is an extension of the work carried out by Everton in the Community, which includes strong working links with the NHS on a variety of health and wellbeing initiatives, which offer local people the chance to improve their health and ultimately, their life chances.”
For more information about the Workplace Wellbeing Charter, click here