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Investment in Health Award

Sponsored by HSC Public Health Agency

This Public Health Agency’s Investment in Health Award is a quality mark specifically aimed at recognising businesses in the Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council Area that demonstrate a comprehensive committed approach to investing in the health and well-being of their employees.

The award encourages practices which promote improvement and not just minimising absenteeism and injury. Businesses will consider issues such as stress, a sense of worth, safety and morale. The award is about acknowledging businesses that engage with their staff, create opportunities to promote health and wellbeing, contribute to the performance of their people and the success of their business. It is an award which can be displayed in your workplace to demonstrate that you care about the health of your workforce and therefore, the quality of your business.

Achieving the award will:

  • Demonstrate to customers that you care about the health of your workforce and therefore, the quality of your business
  • Help your business reduce costs, improve performance and productivity
  • Help your business enjoy good employer/employee relations by demonstrating that you care about the health and wellbeing of your staff
  • Showcase your company. The Public Health Agency will publish your company’s name on the Invest in Health Profit in Business section of the council’s website and to other organisations locally and nationally and cite your business as an example of best practice.

To be considered for the award your business must achieve a set of indicators which have been designed to help workplaces achieve a good standard of health at work such as:

  • Engagement with staff to identify opportunities and interests in improving their health and wellbeing inside and outside the workplace and to develop wellbeing actions
  • Evidence of employer’s commitment, for example, workplace health steering group, development of an action plan in response to needs identified by employees
  • Health and wellbeing initiatives already carried out or planned such as bike to work day, healthy choices in canteens, fresh fruit on desks Friday, stop smoking support group, mental health awareness, corporate gym membership
  • Developing and implementing well-being policies – work-life balance, stress management, anti-bullying, equality
  • Management support for healthy environments
  • Using the workplace setting to encourage and support staff to quit smoking
  • Physical environment – bike racks, showers, rest area
  • Opportunities to support managers to lead, manage and develop people

The following information must accompany your application:

  • Evidence of action planning in response to employee engagement
  • Detail of past and current health and wellbeing activities
  • Future actions that are planned
  • Evidence of improvements in business performance
  • Evidence of benefits / improvements for employees wellbeing

This is a written submission award. Please download, complete and return the official application form no later than 5pm Friday 12th February 2016.

Stage 1 of the judging process will be to shortlist submissions based on the criteria above. If an applicant is shortlisted for Stage 2, they will be invited to attend a short interview/presentation with the judging panel followed by Q&A. Shortlisted finalists will be notified by Wednesday 17th February 2016. The panel will then rank the shortlist based on the interview. Please note that if an applicant is shortlisted for stage 2 of the judging process, they must be able to attend a 10 minute interview/presentation on Wednesday 24th or Thursday 25th February 2016 at the Lagan Valley Island, Lisburn.

HCS Public Health Agency

HSC Public Health Agency

Linenhall Street Unit
12-22 Linenhall Street
Belfast
BT2 8BS

Tel: 028 9032 1313
www.publichealth.hscni.net