14 / 10 / 2011
What is the Workplace Wellbeing Charter and how does it work?
The Workplace Wellbeing Charter is a statement of intent, showing an organisation's commitment to the health of its staff.
Organisations can sign using the self-assessment tool and find out what they are already doing right, and where they need to improve. It is relevant to all trusts, no matter how big or small they are, as long as they can demonstrate their commitment to the health and wellbeing of staff.
It provides a clear set of wellbeing standards, taking a holistic approach that includes physical and mental health, health promotion and ways to evaluate the services and information on offer. It also aims to share best practice about health and wellbeing within the workplace.
The Charter focuses on three key areas – leadership, culture and communication, where even small steps can make a big difference to the health of staff, and therefore the health of the organisation.
The Workplace Wellbeing Charter comes in three levels, each containing different standards that need to be achieved. Some, or all, will be relevant depending on the size and direction of the organisation.
The three levels are Commitment, Achievement and Excellence. Information on each level is contained in the wording of the Charter itself and via the self-assessment tool. Organisations can progress from one to another by achieving all of the necessary standards.
Each of the three levels will consider, in different ways, issues such as leadership, sickness and absence management, awareness of alcohol and drug abuse, smoking, mental health and stress, healthy eating and physical activity.
Using the self-assessment initially, organisations will be able to figure out where they feel they currently stand. As they look at the standards, organisations need to think about the evidence that might be able to be presented in support of the application – this can be anything from policies and certificates through to staff surveys and testimonials.
Going for Assessment
To gain recognition, organisations will need to go through an assessment. To do this, a registration form must be submitted, which will be reviewed by Liverpool PCT. An informal chat with an assessor will follow this, and they will provide a portfolio to use to gather evidence. Once these steps are complete, a site visit will be completed to verify the evidence.
The Charter Award will be valid for two years, following that re-assessment will be necessary. There will be variations in requirements and actions according to the level applied for.
For more information please see the Workplace Wellbeing Charter website.