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Thrive at Work - Workplace Wellbeing Awards Programme

Workplace Health logo'Thrive at Work’ is a free, structured workplace wellbeing awards programme, where your business is recognised for improving the health and wellbeing of your employees.

The programme is run by the West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA) and is funded by the Midlands Engine, allowing it to be offered for free to organisations across Staffordshire. It is available to organisations from any sector and is suitable for those that employ more than 8 employees.

The programme has been designed to maximise the potential of your employees and drive results to your bottom line through reduced sickness absence, improved retention, increased resilience and more productivity, by assisting you to create a healthier and happier workforce.

It offers a holistic approach to managing workplace wellbeing and provides a practical framework for businesses to use. Managers are guided across five thematic topics that are known to be key influences on employee mental health and wellbeing:

  • Enablers of health – addressing organisational leadership, policies and procedures that can help effect change.

  • Mental health – develop identification, prevention and self-management mental wellbeing strategies, including training and support.

  • Musculoskeletal – addressing prevention, self-management and treatment strategies, and support, such as how posture and movement at work can impact on physical health.

  • Lifestyles – tackles general wellbeing issues such as smoking, alcohol, substance use, weight management and physical activity.

  • External risks to health – considers wider impacts on health, such as financial pressures, domestic abuse and caring responsibilities.


How it works

The ‘Thrive at Work’ workplace commitment guides you through a structured framework of criteria. You also get access to a free online toolkit that gives you ‘How to’ guidance for implementing and improving employee health and wellbeing.

There are four levels that organisations can work towards: Foundation, Bronze, Silver and Gold.

The Foundation level has been developed as an easy 5 step approach, which gives a comprehensive understanding of the current position of the organisation and the mental and physical wellbeing of your workforce and any lasting results of the COVID-19 pandemic. You should be able to complete the Foundation level in around 90 days.

Upon achieving this level, you will be recognised with a certificate and an accreditation logo, allowing you to showcase the efforts that you have made as an organisation to improve the wellbeing of your staff.

Once the Foundation level has been achieved, organisations can then progress to formal accreditation at Bronze level, then potentially on to Silver and Gold levels. It is likely to take between 12 and 18 months to complete the Bronze level, depending on your organisation’s starting point and how much time you can devote to the programme.  

Organisations achieving accreditation at Bronze, Silver or Gold levels will be invited to receive their award at a celebration event.

During the process, the ‘Thrive at Work’ Team will be on hand to offer support and to assist you with any queries you may have. They will keep you informed of up and coming events, webinars, and any new online learning tools as they are released.

Sign up today


'Thrive at Home’ toolkit to support home working during COVID-19

The WMCA have also developed a ‘Thrive at Home’ toolkit to support employers and home workers during the pandemic.

It has been designed to give practical advice, support and information on how to keep staff who are working from home mentally and physically fit. 

Topics covered by the toolkit include helping staff deal with anxiety, especially those with existing mental health conditions, eating healthily and coping with financial uncertainty. It also looks at reducing the impact of working alone and setting up computer equipment to avoid future back, shoulder and knee injuries.

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