Occupational Health award

Do you take a proactive approach to employee health?

DOES YOUR TEAM DESERVE RECOGNITION?

Then why not enter this year’s Personnel Today Awards?

This award recognises companies and organisations that have adopted a positive approach to improving the health of their employees. Entries could be about a one-off project or a wide-ranging policy initiative which has had an impact on staff from small groups to the entire workforce.

Last year’s short-listed teams in this category were Motorola, which set up an innovative workplace health programme which led to a sharp fall in sickness absence, BAe Military Aircraft and Aerostructures in Brough, which looked at long-term sickness absence policies and The Wellness Coach team at the Wellness Centre.

Category judges are Nola Ishmael, nursing officer at the Department of Health and Carol Cholerton, director of Bupa Occupational Health and a member of Occupational Health magazine’s editorial board. Ishmael says, “I am delighted to be a judge for the Occupational Health award for managing employee health. The Department of Health believes that innovative practice in the occupational health field is a sign of a healthy organisation. This award will highlight good practice and encourage other teams to aim for excellence.”

Cholerton adds, “This is clearly a significant award which can only serve to raise the profile of occupational health. I hope to see examples of creative occupational health projects which address the real health-related issues within the organisations in a collaborative and cost effective manner.”

The judges will be looking for companies which encourage healthy workplaces through good leadership and teamwork and an effective use of resources. Entries can come from large organisations, NHS Trusts and independent occupational health providers.

Occupational Health magazine, the leading monthly journal for occupational health practitioners, is delighted to be supporting this award as it believes that excellent occupational health practice reaps rewards for any organisation.

Catriona Marchant, editor of Occupational Health magazine, says, “Companies face huge compensation pay-outs if they ignore the health and safety of their staff. Occupational health should be at the heart of your business.”

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