Workplace Health Champions work towards reducing £21bn costs caused by alcohol related health issues

Workplace Health Champions from Cambridgeshire employers came together at a recent Workplace Health Champions’ Network event and gained a better understanding of managing alcohol in the workplace and the impact it can have on business productivity. Workplace Health Champions from Cambridgeshire employers came together at a recent Workplace Health Champions’ Network event and gained a better understanding of managing alcohol in the workplace and the impact this can have on business productivity.

It is always useful attending these events to gain an insight into what is coming up in the campaign calendar to take back to my own workplace.

- Dart Products Europe delegate
At the event, held on 28 September, Joe Keegan, Alcohol Strategic Lead at Cambridgeshire County Council addressed the delegates and gave them an insight into the wider cost and impact of alcohol use within the workplace. Alcohol costs the UK £21bn each year in crime, health care and lost productivity; equivalent to a pay rise of £700 per year to every working adult in the UK.

He highlighted some of the national alcohol related campaigns that will take place in the run up to Christmas and in the New Year focusing on improving people’s knowledge of the risks of alcohol, and its impact on business productivity, to enable the Workplace Health Champions to coincide their own internal campaigns.

Debbie Longhurst, Head of Business Engagement and the Lead for the Wellbeing Programme in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough gave an overview and update on the latest news from Business in the Communities perspective and Zoe Cross, from the Peterborough and Cambridge Public Health Team updated delegates on the local campaigns and support resources available for delegates to access.

Sara Mudhar, RSPH Practitioner who facilitated the event provided the Workplace Health Champions with details of what has been happening so far and new developments that can help support employee wellness within the workplace. Delegates were given the opportunity to discuss their own workplace wellbeing activities and share best practice. This gave the attendees an opportunity to gain new ideas to take back to their own businesses.

Download the presentations from the event (zipfile, 14MB)

“Useful and insightful event. Some of the information provided on alcohol in the workplace was very interesting.”

Marriott Hotel delegate