What is the Workplace Wellbeing Charter and how does it work?
The Workplace Wellbeing Charter is a statement of intent, showing your commitment to the health of the people who work for you.
Employers can sign up to it, using our self-assessment, and find out what they are already doing right, and where they need to improve. It is relevant to all businesses, no matter how big or small they are, as long as they employ staff and can demonstrate their commitment to the health and wellbeing of those staff. It is open to all public, private and third sector organisations.
It provides a clear set of wellbeing standards, taking a holistic approach that includes physical and mental health, health promotion and ways to evaluate the services and information you are offering. It also aims to share best practice about health and wellbeing within the workplace.
The Charter focuses on three key areas - leadership, culture and communication - where even small steps can make a big difference to the health of your staff, and therefore the health of your organisation.
The Workplace Wellbeing Charter comes in three levels, each containing different standards that need to be achieved. Some, or all, will be relevant to you depending on the size and direction of your organisation.
The three levels are Commitment; Achievement and Excellence. You can find out about each of those three levels, and what is required to attain them, in the wording of the Charter itself and via our self-assessment. You can progress from one to another by achieving all of the necessary standards.
Each of the three levels will consider, in different ways, issues such as leadership, sickness and absence management, awareness of alcohol and drug abuse, smoking, mental health and stress, healthy eating and physical activity.
COMMITMENT This level demonstrates a real commitment by small organisations.
ACHIEVEMENT This is a good achievement for medium-sized businesses.
EXCELLENCE Large organisations should strive for this level.