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Britain's Healthiest Workplace

What is Britain's Healthiest Workplace?

Britain's Healthiest Workplace was established in 2012 in response to the fact that many UK employers are failing to adequately invest in the health and wellbeing of their staff. Health-related lost productivity is costing the UK economy an estimated £73 billion, which would reduce significantly with adequate investment in health and wellbeing. 

Britain's Healthiest Workplace aims to study the link between modifiable health risks and short-term productivity, develop a common understanding of what employee health and wellbeing means, and establish a common set of standards that can be applied to all industries. The survey uses a broad set of questions covering lifestyle, clinical and mental health, work engagement and productivity, and an in-depth assessment of the health and wellbeing interventions being offered by employers.

Exciting changes in 2017

  • New additions to the Advisory Board

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    Louise Aston, Director of Wellbeing, Business in the Community. More to follow.

  • New collaboration with Business in the Community

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    Business in the Community will be promoting this year’s study to their membership.

  • Globalisation of the initiative

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    The Healthiest Workplace initiative will launch in three new countries in Asia and the Pacific for 2017, in partnership with AIA Vitality.

The Benefits of Participating

Participating employers will gain not only a deeper understanding of the health risks affecting their employees, but also how these risks impact upon other factors such as job and life satisfaction, work engagement, and productivity. Participation spans a a wide range of organisational sizes, sectors and regions, allowing for practical and relevant benchmarking against other comparable employers. The study also allows repeating employers to track their progress and the health of their employees over time, and offers recommendations for improvement. 

Not only will participating employers receive an in-depth Organisational Health Report, detailing the health profile of their organisation, but employees completing the survey will receive a Personal Health Report, including information such as their Vitality Age, in real-time.

Since its inception in 2013, over 400 companies and 100,000 employees have taken part in the study. Previous winners include organisations such as Johnson & Johnson, Microsoft, Adidas UK, Quintiles and Nomura.

Advisory board

The initiative is overseen by an expert Advisory Board. The Board, chaired by Dame Carol Black, comprises leading figures in the fields of workplace wellness, public health and mental wellbeing. Members include Dr Justin Varney, Professor Sir Cooper, Andrew Jack, Dr Steve Boorman, Professor Stevan Bevan, Professor Martin Roland, and Professor Theresa Marteau. In 2017 the Board welcomed Louise Aston, Director of Wellbeing at Business in the Community as a new member.

Academic partners

Analysis and research for Britain’s Healthiest Workplace is conducted by the University of Cambridge and RAND Europe. Our recent research has focused on understanding the modifiable drivers of productivity loss, and how different types of workplace wellness strategies can be used to reduce this loss.

Vitality Age

Britain’s Healthiest Workplace uses VitalityHealth’s Vitality Age measure to compare different types of organisations and employees over time. Vitality Age is a validated measure of a person’s ‘health’ age after adjusting for the impact of lifestyle behaviours and clinical indicators.
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