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by | Thursday, August 8th, 2019 | News

A Plymouth business is celebrating after receiving recognition for its work to improve the health and wellbeing of its staff as part Livewell Southwest’s Wellbeing at Work Scheme.

The scheme, commissioned by Plymouth City Council as part of the city’s health improvement service, encourages and supports businesses to ensure health and wellbeing are at the heart of the organisation.

Businesses signed up to the scheme can achieve a Bronze, Silver, Gold or Continued Excellence Award depending on their efforts and are supported along the way by Livewell’s One You Plymouth team.

Since launching in February, 28 businesses have signed up to Wellbeing at Work and on July 31, Livewell celebrated the first business to gain a Bronze Award.

Sitel joined the scheme when it launched and have been working hard to achieve the Bronze Award.

Kirstie Wright, HR manager at Sitel was presented with the award by Dr Adam Morris, chief executive of Livewell Southwest, Jan Potter, head of health improvement at Livewell, Alison Rowntree, health improvement manager and Tim Collicott, advanced health improvement practitioner.

Dr Morris said: “Our mission is to support people to lead independent, healthy lives and our Wellbeing at Work scheme ensures that this is achievable in the workplace as well as at home.

“As an employee-led organisation I’m proud of our staff for leading the way in health and wellbeing and encouraging others to do the same in their workplaces.

“We know how much of a positive impact a healthy and happy workforce can have in the workplace and I’m delighted that Sitel have achieved our Bronze Award.”

In order to achieve a Bronze Award, businesses have to set up a working group, carry out a workplace needs assessment, a health and safety assessment and establish wellbeing champions who are responsible for helping colleagues to keep healthy by coming up with initiatives such as fruity Friday.

Tim, who has supported Sitel, said: “We spend a lot of time at work and the workplace has a massive impact on our health and wellbeing so it’s a good place to look at how we can support people to look after their health and wellbeing.

“Sitel have shown real dedication to being involved in the Wellbeing at Workplace scheme.

“Already there are 12 wellbeing champions in place and Sitel have got great plans in place to take the work forward including organising mental health first aid training with us and a commitment to work towards the next awards.”

Kirstie added: “Since our site opened in the Spring of 2017 we have made it our objective to build health and wellbeing into the way that we work.

“Our HR, operational and support teams along with our wellbeing champions collaborate together to design and maintain health and wellbeing activities tailored to our site and staff, and the expert guidance and practical support that we have received from the Livewell team from day one has been instrumental in us creating this strong foundation for the future.”

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