Employers use Annual Wellbeing Event to learn about solutions for employee ill-health

Almost 70 delegates attending the Hertfordshire Annual Workplace Wellbeing Event heard from Jim McManus, Director of Public Health for Hertfordshire on the health inequalities in Hertfordshire and how this impacts on workplace productivity.

Fantastic all-round event covering key wellbeing issues and solutions for those issues that employers urgently need to address.

- Delegate
The event was hosted at the Fielder Centre in Hatfield on 25th March by Hertfordshire Public Health in partnership with Business in the Community, and aimed to help local businesses understand the cost of employee ill-health on workplace productivity and how BITC's Public Health Workplace Wellbeing offer addresses this.

An attendee at the Hertfordshire Annual Workplace Wellbeing EventDelegates heard about the challenges local businesses faced with workplace wellbeing and how the local Public Health offer provided a number of solutions. Some 50 employers had already accessed a number of workplace interventions including Mental Health awareness and Mini MOTs for their staff. In 2014/2015 some 500 employees were trained in Mental Health awareness.

Sharon Wigfull, Health and Safety Engagement Manager at UK Power Networks spoke about the impact of good wellbeing practices in the workplace, while Adrian Manning, Office Manager at Herts Valleys Clinical Commissioning Group about building a business case for employee wellbeing.

Breakout sessions covered topics including:

  • Mental Health and its impact on the workforce

  • How Workplace Health Champions can help lead wellbeing strategies across organisations

  • Mini MOTs – health checks that support staff wellbeing

  • Building a workplace strategy using the BITC Workwell Model.

Sessions were hosted by Wellbeing experts including MHFA Practitioner Jo Dray in conjunction with Hertfordshire Constabulary and Sara Mudhar, RSPH Practitioner with North Hertfordshire College, as well as Joe Capon, Hertfordshire Sports Partnership and Debbie Longhurst, Head of Business Engagement at Business in the Community.