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Healthier workplaces to be rewarded at National Business Awards 2008

Employers who keep workforce happy and healthy  have chance to win recognition

This year’s National Business Awards gives employers who keep their workforce happy and healthy the chance to win recognition for the effort.
The event was established in 2002 and showcase UK business at its best by rewarding best practice, innovation and outstanding achievement. They are open to all businesses, of all sizes and from every industry.
Health Work and Wellbeing is sponsoring an award for the second year running. The award aims to find the best employer in the country in regards to employees’ wellbeing. This year they sponsor an additional award for medium sized companies with 250 staff or less.
The Health Work and Wellbeing categories build on National Director for Health and Work, Dame Carol Black’s, review of the health of the working age population, Working for a Healthier Tomorrow. The review focused on ensuring people stay healthy at work and proposed radical changes to work-related health services.
“Good health is good business and that’s why I’m so determined to ensure our workplaces become healthier places, with everyone standing to benefit – families, employers and the country as a whole.
 “The one way to make sure that everyone can look forward to work in a health enhancing environment is for that to be the normal, accepted standard, not the exception. But we still have some way to go. By giving public recognition to employers who are already making lives better, we can give every company a standard for which they should aim.” She said.
Entries for awards are now being taken and the winners will be announced at a gala ceremony and dinner at London’s Grosvenor House Hotel on 18 November.
To win one of the Health Work and Wellbeing awards you must be able to demonstrate to a panel of independent expert judges how you’ve improved the health and wellbeing of your workforce.
Sheila Kjaerhus

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