Richmond and Wandsworth Councils champion healthier workforce

Published: Thursday 11th October 18

Richmond and Wandsworth Councils have been awarded the highest level accreditation for providing a healthy workplace by the Greater London Authority.

The Healthy Workplace Charter, backed by the Mayor of London, provides clear and easy steps for employers to make their workplaces healthier and happier. There are three levels of the Charter, which specifically aims to address crucial issues like: recruitment and staff retention, sickness absence and employee productivity.

As part of the submission from Richmond and Wandsworth Councils and their Shared Staffing Arrangement, and a challenging assessment process judges considered issues such as the leadership and management, internal facilities for bikes, staff sporting champions, healthy internal catering options, support around alcohol awareness and mental wellbeing, break out areas for staff, corporate gym memberships, health and safety and HR policies and The Employee Assistance Programme. 

Following this review, they have now determined that both councils have achieved ‘Excellence’ status.

Benefits of signing up to the Charter include greater productivity levels, lower staff turnover and less absenteeism.

The chief executive of the two councils Paul Martin said: “This award is an important milestone in our commitment to be a good employer. It’s good news for our staff that we invest in being a healthy place to work, and it’s also good news for our residents who benefit from the efficient and high quality services that our staff provide”.

Cllr Paul Ellis, Wandsworth's cabinet member for adult social care and health, said: “As a large local government employer providing crucial frontline services to hundreds of thousands of residents it is vital that we have a healthy, happy and productive workforce. This award is recognition of the work being done to ensure these important goals are met.” 

Cllr Piers Allen, Richmond Council's cabinet member for adult social care and public health, added: “I am thrilled that we are leading by example and showing people how committed we are about the health of our workforce.  We are now committed to helping businesses in Richmond upon Thames flourish and where we can, support them to provide opportunities for their staff to get fit and healthy.”

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Healthy workforces are important, but so too are healthy local populations. I wonder what the council will do to excel at its role in public health. Not enough funding from government? I notice that wasn't an issue when it came to improving the health of the council's own workforce.

13 October 2018

Healthier - whats healthier about the fact I had to pay 3 times for residents parking. Went to pay on line - it said my application wasn't accepted - so I retried with the same result. Then went to look at my e-mails to see 2 council entries appearing to say my payment(s) had been accepted. Looked into my bank account to see I'd been charged twice. Went to Wandsworth Council to find they no longer dealt with parking permits. Spent over an hour - so confused couldn't remember my bank password for a 3rd attempt - so had to put it on credit, the number I could remember - and left with a permit. I have had refunds - but not best happy.

12 October 2018