The free Work Well Live Well programme delivered by NI Chest Heart & Stroke and Developing Healthy Communities are looking for new organisations to embrace the wellbeing of their employees.
Funded by the Public Health Agency the programme has been running since 2016 and has assisted hundreds of organisations with continual improvement processes for their Workplace Health and Wellbeing.
What can the programme do for us is a frequent question asked by many prospective organisations who are considering a wellbeing journey.
Two recent participants tell their stories.
As a participant last year leading Antrim based interior fit-out specialists, Marcon Fit-Out, are reaping the rewards of the free Work Well Live Well programme,
The COVID-19 pandemic resulted in seismic changes to both the way that work is carried out in many industries, and to the state of the job market. Marcon was no exception.
Colleen Scullion, Business Improvement & Systems Manager at Marcon, says, “We initially signed up to the programme to help us build on creating a positive working environment where individuals and the organisation can thrive. Our aim was to increase staff health, wellbeing, and engagement and to put together a structured wellbeing strategy. So far, we have seen many benefits of the programme, including increased collaboration between employees and teams, and it has aided recruitment and staff retention. Staff feel valued and that they are being given the opportunity to contribute.”
Colleen continues, “So far this year, we have delivered several wellbeing initiatives for staff, from small, simple actions to support health to larger offerings and commitments like offering health talks and full health assessments. We are also delighted to have installed defibrillators in our offices and workshop, and on the majority of our sites.”
“The Work Well Live Well programme has been an excellent source of support for promoting and improving the health and wellbeing of the Marcon team. The NICHS team have supported us with surveying the wellness needs in our business, providing Health Champion and Mental Health First Aider Training for staff, and most importantly, devising and executing a full wellbeing strategy.”
AC Hotel by Marriott Belfast
Titanic Quarter based AC Hotel by Marriott Belfast are also reaping the rewards of the free Work Well Live Well programme
Hayley Loughrey, Human Resources Manager at AC Hotel, says, “Work Well Live Well has created a greater sense of community within our teams. We had a health and wellbeing committee before the programme; however, Work Well Live Well has provided us with some incredibly beneficial tools and resources to create an action plan around the topics tailored to our team.”
“It’s excellent that you receive an action plan that is tailored to your workplace. It details the priorities of your team, as opposed to a tick box of health and wellbeing offerings”
Emma McCrudden, Work Well Live Well Programme Manager at Northern Ireland Chest Heart & Stroke says “both organisations are great examples of workplaces which wanted to make a positive change and put staff health first.