The Workplace Wellbeing Charter is a statement about the way in which you run your business and support your workforce, demonstrated by adherence to a set of standards. To achieve the Charter, you will be asked to demonstrate your commitment and support by taking action to deploy any changes which may be necessary in your organisation.
The standards contained within this charter are not exhaustive and are intended to set a minimum standard on which your organisation can build. They are a guide to what success can look like and a way of benchmarking that success against others.
The Charter aims and objectives are:
- Introduce clear, easy to use well-being standards improve well-being and reduce absenteeism
- Provide tools to measure and evaluate progress
- Identify and share good practice and real-life examples
Who is this for?
The Workplace Wellbeing Charter is a voluntary, self-assessment scheme open to all public, private and voluntary sector organisations based in England. Whatever their size, all organisations and businesses can benefit from working towards Charter standards.
It is relevant to all businesses, no matter how big or small they are, as long as you employ staff and can take at least the minimum steps necessary to comply with the standards. The Charter provides a clear set of wellbeing standards, covering physical and mental health, health promotion, and ways to evaluate the services and information you are offering. It also aims to share the best method about health and wellbeing in the workplace.
The Charter focuses on three key areas - leadership, culture and communication – all areas where even small steps can make a big difference to the health of your staff and of your organisation.
There are 3 levels to The Charter, each containing different standards of achievement. Some (or all) will be relevant to you, depending on the size and direction of your organisation.
The three levels are:
- Commitment - This level demonstrates a real commitment by small organisations
- Achievement - This is a good achievement for medium-sized businesses
- Excellence - Large organisations should strive for this level
You can progress through them by achieving the necessary standards.
Each of the three levels will consider issues such as leadership, sickness and absence management, awareness of alcohol and drug abuse, smoking, mental health and stress, healthy eating and physical activity.
There is information on the Workplace Wellbeing website, www.wellbeingcharter.org.uk. Read about the different levels, then decide which Charter status you would like to apply for. The website provides all the resources and information required to be able to apply wellbeing initiatives in your workplace. A Charter Lead representative will be available to talk through the process with you, and offer guidance throughout every stage.
If you submit an application form to your local lead representative for a panel to review and decide if you have achieved the criteria, your Charter Award will be valid for two years; after which you can reapply or even look at progressing to the next stage of accreditation.
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