Winner: Hertfordshire County CouncilAbout the organisation Hertfordshire County Council is the upper-tier local authority for the non-metropolitan county of Hertfordshire. It provides services for children, schools, libraries, environmental services, older people and people with disabilities. The challenge With the economic downturn, the demands placed upon Hertfordshire County Council staff changed rapidly, putting it under new and increased pressures to deliver more with fewer resources. It wanted to ease this pressure with an affordable, in-house health and wellbeing programme to boost employee engagement, satisfaction, morale, retention and performance, as well as improving the health, wellbeing and resilience of the workforce. What the organisation did
- Launched "Healthy Herts" health and wellbeing strategy in 2013, which sought to improve the health and wellbeing of the workforce and provide a good practice model for other employers on raising health awareness within their workforces.
- Focussed on four pillars of activity: staying active; healthy eating; mental wellbeing; and flexible lifestyles.
- Provided a range of health benefits including competitive discounts for healthy activities, sponsored activities, a cycle scheme, and lunch-hour events.
- Included nutritional information in canteens so employees can make informed choices.
- Provided dedicated space at work for on-site classes, massage and reflexology.
- Upgraded shower/changing facilities so that employees can exercise at lunch, or cycle or run to work.
- Introduced employee suggestion scheme called "Pulse Check", which resulted in lunchtime Thai Chi classes and a breast cancer support group.
- Set up a smoking cessation campaign, and provided free Weight Watchers/Slimming World sessions for staff.
- Worked with Business in the Community, in partnership with public health colleagues, to champion a set