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Free event for businesses to find out how to improve workplace health

10 January 2018

Norfolk County Council is hosting a free Work and Health Event in Norwich on 2 February 2018 where businesses will be able to find out how to improve the health of their workforce thereby helping to tackle future challenges of labour and skills shortages.

Stress, depression and anxiety, as well as some physical conditions such as back, shoulder and knee pain are among the biggest causes of absence from work. Improving workplace health not only reduces the number of working days lost, it also helps create a happier workforce with higher morale and better mental health.  This in turn can lead to increased productivity and better staff retention rates.

Dr Louise Smith, Director of Public Health at Norfolk County Council, said:  “Good workplace health provision has significant benefits for both the employee and employer.  A recent report indicated there are still major challenges ahead, particularly around improvements in mental health at work.  Every year 300,000 people with long-term mental health conditions lose their jobs and more can be done to support them to stay in work enabling them to retain their skills, talent and economic independence.

“Our event aims to help employers understand the benefits of workplace health for both the business and the employee.  To be the best they can, businesses need to see health and wellbeing as an essential part of their workplace provision.”

Featuring prominent speakers, including the Chairman of the New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership, and representatives from Public Health England and Business in the Community, the event will also give businesses the chance to:

  • Choose from several workshops including: Improving Mental Health, Disability Confidence, Active Workplaces
  • Learn how to deal with workplace health issues
  • Explore different forms of workplace health provision
  • Find out about the tools available to assess health needs

Lunch is included and will be an opportunity to network and browse stands with information on workplace health topics from mental health and NHS Health Checks to stop-smoking services and active travel.

Cllr Margaret Dewsbury, Chair of Norfolk County Council’s Communities Committee, said:  “Many people spend the largest proportion of their time at their workplace and therefore it can play a key role in contributing to their health and subsequently that of the organisation.

“Having a healthy and productive workforce should be every organisation’s ambition, especially in today’s competitive business environment.  This event brings together organisations offering help with various aspects of workplace health provision and offers businesses a great opportunity to find out how they can improve the health of their employees.”

Norfolk County Council’s commissioned workplace health provider, Thriving Workplaces, will also talk about their innovative free service that supports businesses to improve their workplace health.  Their range of services includes: strategic workplace health analysis, digital diagnostic tools, workplace health champion training and support, policy development and mental health first aid training.

The Work and Health Event is being held at The King’s Centre in Norwich on 2 February 2018 and is being organised by Norfolk County Council Public Health in collaboration with Norfolk County Council’s employment and skills team.

For political comment 

Cllr Margaret Dewsbury (Conservative), Chairman of the Communities Committee, on 01603 759693
Cllr Julie Brociek-Coulton (Labour) on 07786 694325 
Cllr Sarah Butikofer (Liberal Democrat) on 07968 897235
Cllr Sandra Squire (Independent) on 01945 773283

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