Houghton International has been awarded the Better Health at Work Bronze Award in recognition of a number of initiatives delivered to promote health and wellbeing in the workplace. The award, endorsed and supported by Public Health England, requires businesses to demonstrate how they are working to deliver advice and support to employees spanning a range of health and wellbeing issues, including mental and physical health, healthy eating and kicking bad habits.
The award, judged by a representative from the Better Health At Work scheme, requires organisations to create and present an Award Portfolio, which is then judged against set criteria. Based on feedback from employees and backed by the HR department and management team, Better Health Advocates from across the business helped develop and deliver a series of health & wellbeing campaigns.
Operations Director, Craig Hutton, commented: “It’s fantastic to have completed the Better Health at Work Bronze Award scheme and I commend everyone across the business for their efforts in working towards this achievement. This isn’t just about a title or certificate – the wellbeing of our employees is of the highest importance and completing this award has helped us explore new ways of creating meaningful improvements.
“We’re proud of the support we have in place for employees, including Mental Health First Aiders, annual health checks, a holiday buy & sell scheme and flexible working, and an Employee Assistance Programme, which provides access to a range of support covering work, family, life, health and money as well as services such as on-demand GP appointments. However, we recognise that we can always do more.
“Achieving the bronze award has laid a great foundation for us to build on and we will now work towards achieving the silver standard as we continue to work with the Better Health Advocates and employees across the business to improve health and wellbeing.”
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