Healthy and Ethical Workplaces

Our Healthy and Ethical Workplaces (HEW) initiative

Extensive research shows that a strong, ethical culture based on values provides a solid foundation for workforce wellbeing.

If people are respected at work, feel that they are being treated fairly and have a belief in the broader impact of their work, they are likely to be happier and more engaged and less likely to leave the organisation. Further research has shown that people who are engaged are also more productive, so this is a win-win for employees and employers.

Mental health issues in particular are an increasing concern in the workplace and we aim to inspire and educate individuals, from the CEO to the new intern, to understand the role they can play in creating a healthy and ethical workplace.

The social and business cost

Stress, anxiety and depression are the biggest cause of sickness absence in our society.

In the UK, chronic stress affects half a million people, leading to 11.7 million working days lost. This accounts for 45% of all days lost due to ill health, and the costs mount up to £5.2 billion (Health & Safety Executive, 2016). In the USA, chronic stress has been linked to 120,000 premature deaths and $190 billion in healthcare costs (Goh J, et al 2016). It can also decrease immune system function, increase inflammation and exacerbate depression.

Poor mental health costs the UK economy between £70 and 100 billion each year (Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, 2015).

Poor mental health can also lead to physical illnesses such as hypertension, diabetes and cardiovascular conditions. To compound matters, we don’t always make the right choices when it comes to looking after ourselves. For example, inactivity is the fourth leading cause of global mortality (World Health Organisation, 2010).

Workshop: Thriving at work - by design!

We’ve developed this one day workshop in collaboration with specialists from The Therapy House, Reach Remarkable and WTBG. The aim is to help organisations build a strong foundation for sustainable improvements in wellbeing and productivity and to help individuals thrive at work. 

We run the workshops two or three times a year, for delegates from various organisations, and can also run bespoke sessions, customised to meet specific needs.

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