Local businesses invited to help shape the East Sussex Wellbeing at Work Programme

East Sussex Public Health and partners are developing the East Sussex Wellbeing at Work Programme to be launched later this year. The programme will contain a free award-based accreditation scheme to recognise East Sussex employer’s commitment to improving health and wellbeing in the workplace, and it will support local employers through a journey of health improvement.

If you are a local business owner, senior leader, a HR or health and safety representative, East Sussex Public Health and partners are looking for a range of local employers to join a focus groups during the final week of March, to collaborate with them in the design of the East Sussex Wellbeing at Work Programme.

It’s an opportunity for businesses to shape the support available in a way that is useful for them and be the first pioneers to achieve an award status in East Sussex.

They are able to reward attendees with a small payment of £20 in recognition of the contribution of their time.

Wellbeing at work has never been more relevant. This is particularly true due to the preventable nature of the most common causes of long-term employee absence, such as mental ill health, musculoskeletal injuries and work-related stress. Sickness absence costed to the UK economy almost £92 billion in 2019 with around 141 million working days lost. Investing in wellbeing can not only reduce your sickness absence cost but also create a happier and more engaged workforce.

If you’d like to be part of the programme development process, register your interest and receive further information by emailing them at healthy.workplace@eastsussex.gov.uk by Monday 8 March.