Better Health at Work


Background

In 2011 A-one+ signed up to the Better Health at Work Award in 2011 as part of the company commitment to improve health and wellbeing of staff and supply chain.

Solution

The Better Health at Work Award supports and recognises organisations who want to create a healthy workplace. The benefits of healthier workplace and workforce see increased productivity and engagement, reduced absenteeism and improved morale.

We have a team of volunteer health advocates across all business areas who promote health and wellbeing campaigns and signpost individuals to further information or medical assistance if relevant.

All advocates undertake specific training and are offered additional training on how to promote wellbeing.

Annual surveys identify the needs and the health advocates consult with staff to develop an annual calendar of campaigns and promotional activity.

Over the last year we have focused on mental health, suicide intervention and developed a support network of listening buddies. We also developed a poster to raise awareness of the warning signs of depression depicted in road signs. We also held time to talk days to promote conversation about mental health issues. This has proved so successful it has been adopted by Highways England, Costain and Balfour Beatty to be used as part of their mental health campaigns.

Our summer health campaign promoted awareness of skin cancer, hydration and travel health. To support the campaign we introduced UV beads. The beads when worn outdoors help detect increased UV light levels by changing colour, alerting the wearer to increased risk.

With a number of shift and night workers, sleep management is an important topic. We delivered sleep sessions to staff which included advice on sleeping well, coping with fatigue, and the safety issues that can arise if working when over tired. A number of staff were identified as sufferers of sleep apnoea and have since been referred for specialist help.

Emergency life-skills training has been provided to equip all staff with the confidence and skills to deal with life-threatening emergency incidents.

The benefits to this level of commitment to wellbeing are; healthy, engaged staff, reduced absence rates and consequent costs and improved employee satisfaction.

This programme was recently recognised as a finalist in the Construction News 20th Anniversary Awards.