Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council has been praised at the highest level for improving the health and wellbeing of its employees.
The Council has achieved the highest recognition, ‘Continuing Excellence’, in the North East Better Health at Work Awards Assessment, which recognises the efforts of employers to address health issues within the workplace.
Assessors praised the Council for its awareness-raising campaigns and practical steps to boost employees’ physical and mental health. The Council’s network of committed Health Advocates were also commended for their role in leading by example and supporting colleagues to make healthy choices.
The Council has also supported many businesses across Stockton-on-Tees Borough to achieve their North East Better Health at Work ‘bronze’, ‘silver’, ‘gold’ and ‘continuing excellence’ awards levels.
Councillor Jim Beall, Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council’s Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care and Health, said: “Achieving ‘Continuing Excellence’ status – the highest level which can be achieved – is a great result. We are committed to improving the health and wellbeing of our staff, which in turn will help improve the health of the Borough as a whole.
“As a big local employer it is important that we lead by example and assessors from North East Better Health at Work team have confirmed that we are working hard to promote a healthier, happier workplace. From encouraging staff to be more physically active to having a strong focus on raising awareness of mental health, the assessors were impressed by the scope of the work we do and our year round commitment to improve staff wellbeing.”
The North East Better Health at Work Award is a partnership between the Northern Trades Union Congress (TUC), 11 North East councils and their Directors of Public Health.