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Dudley Council puts employee wellbeing at its heart

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Dudley Council bosses have signed up to two national schemes designed to help employees stay happy and healthy.

The local authority adopts The Workplace Wellbeing Charter, an accreditation that works to improve heath in businesses and organisations, and the Mindful Employer scheme, which supports mental wellbeing at work.

Councillor Bayton

This year the council has offered resilience courses to staff that helps them to gain skills and information to stay well or get better, has held regular health check events and has helped staff interested in doing so to lose weight, stop smoking or increase physical activity.

Adoption of The Workplace Wellbeing Charter follows an external assessment of the council that took place in September and reflects its commitment to the health and wellbeing of the workforce.

Feedback from the assessors highlighted good practices from the council in making a significant effort over a sustained period to create a supportive and happy workplace culture.

People can find out more about The Workplace Wellbeing Charter at www.wellbeingcharter.org.uk

The authority has also made a voluntary pledge to the national Mindful Employer pledge in September.

It publically demonstrates the council’s commitment to supporting positive mental health and provides managers with easy access to information and support for staff who experience stress, anxiety, depression or other mental health conditions.

People can find out more about what a Mindful Employer does at www.mindfulemployer.net/

Councillor Cathryn Bayton, cabinet member for adult social care, said:

Any organisation is only as good as the people who work for it and the health and happiness of those individuals is paramount.
Here at Dudley Council we are committed to caring for the health and wellbeing of our much valued employees and one thing we have offered this year is free flu vaccinations for all staff.
The Workplace Wellbeing Charter and Mindful Employer Scheme is helping us to prove and maintain our commitment and we will continue to build on our work so far in 2019.”

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