Blackburn businesses champion employee wellbeing

Two Blackburn businesses are leading the way in supporting their teams’ wellbeing and helping them to improve their overall physical and mental health for years to come.

Family-owned Cummins Mellor and Personnel Checks, of Cathedral Quarter in Blackburn, have built on the success of last year’s wellbeing programme by committing to full annual health checks for every employee, delivered by the Lancashire-based ‘Business Health Matters’ programme. This follows the Workplace Health Champion training that was delivered in 2022 and a host of wellbeing initiatives that the businesses trialled across the last 12 months.

Run by brother and sister team Jack and Katie Mellor, the two organisations, have embraced annual health checks for team members.

Katie, Managing Director at Cummins Mellor, explains: “For us, our companies are only as successful and healthy as the people within them and so we’re delighted to be pushing our health and wellbeing support further than ever before. Our Wellbeing team are doing a phenomenal job in innovating and championing the importance of good physical and mental health, so it is mine and Jack’s job to make sure they have all the time, tools and support they need to keep doing this great work.

“Having had health checks ourselves the first time around, we wanted to bring Business Health Matters back in annually as we personally felt really comfortable during the checks and found them very useful. By offering them to staff every year, we’re confident the checks will give a welcoming and confidential space for our team members to set health and wellbeing goals that are appropriate to themselves as individuals.”

The organisations completed their second round of health checks last month and will be scheduling in round three for 2024.

Louise Simper, who joined the organisation’s Health and Wellbeing team after completing Business Health Matter’s Workplace Health Champion training in January 2023 adds: “I love the fact that I am helping my colleagues by being part of the Health and Wellbeing team. I had my health check with Jodie from Rossendale Leisure Trust and as a result, I have been able to set specific targets for my check next year. From this, and thanks to the training I had in health, wellbeing and safeguarding, I feel like I’m able to practice what I preach in motivating those around me too, so that we all make positive changes to our physical and mental health.”

Meanwhile Sales Manager, Hayley Kelly, who has been with Personnel Checks for 7 months, reflects: “I’ve always had a passion for fitness so as soon as I started at the organisation, I volunteered to join the health and wellbeing team. It’s clear to see that our work has a really positive impact and raises awareness on ways to improve overall health and fitness. I think this is because there is a strong commitment from Katie and Jack, and each of us in the team, to genuinely help colleagues to feel better, as well as a culture where we welcome feedback from our colleagues on what they like and don’t like. Based on this feedback, we are meeting again in January to make a 12-month plan covering training, events and opportunities… We can’t wait!”

Cummins Mellor, a specialist recruitment agency established in 1990 and Personnel Checks, the UK’s top-ranked government approved DBS umbrella body, join the growing number of Lancashire businesses committing to their teams’ health by offering services delivered by Business Health Matters. These include health checks, training, workshops (including Lancashire Mind’s Mental Health programme) and an Employee Assistance Programme.

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Setting the Tone for a Healthy Workplace: Building a foundation of employee wellbeing

As we embark on a new year, January provides the perfect opportunity for businesses to set the tone for a healthy and thriving workplace. Employee wellbeing is no longer a luxury but a strategic necessity. Recognising the importance of cultivating a positive work environment, Business Health Matters has created an innovative Workplace Wellbeing Programme designed to cater to the unique needs of each business.

In recent years, the concept of a healthy workplace has evolved beyond traditional benefits and perks. Today, employees seek more than just a pay check; they yearn for an environment that nurtures their overall wellbeing. Understanding this shift is essential for businesses aiming to attract and retain top talent in a competitive market.

The Evolving Employee Expectations

The modern workforce places a premium on holistic wellbeing. Employees are no longer satisfied with a job that merely provides financial stability; they seek employers who acknowledge their multifaceted needs. As awareness of mental health and work-life balance grows, employees are increasingly looking for workplaces that prioritise their mental, emotional, and physical health.

Employee Retention and Attraction

The benefits of fostering a healthy workplace extend far beyond employee satisfaction; they directly impact retention rates and the ability to attract top talent. A company that prioritises employee wellbeing becomes an employer of choice, setting itself apart in a competitive hiring landscape. Potential candidates are drawn to organizations that demonstrate a genuine commitment to the health and happiness of their workforce.

Enhanced Productivity and Performance

A healthy workplace is a fertile ground for enhanced productivity and improved performance. When employees feel supported, both physically and emotionally, they are more likely to be engaged and invested in their work. This heightened engagement translates into increased creativity, collaboration, and a stronger sense of ownership over individual and team goals.

Reduced Absenteeism 

Investing in employee wellbeing pays dividends in terms of reduced absenteeism. A supportive work environment, with a focus on mental and physical health, mitigates the risk of burnout and stress. This, in turn, results in fewer sick days as employees are more likely to be physically and mentally present at work.

Positive Workplace Culture

A healthy workplace fosters a positive and inclusive culture. Employees feel valued when their employer prioritises their wellbeing, creating a sense of loyalty and camaraderie. This positive culture extends beyond the office walls, contributing to a company’s reputation and branding. Clients and customers are increasingly drawn to businesses with a strong commitment to employee welfare, further enhancing the company’s market position.

Including Physical Exercise in the Workplace

Physical activity is a cornerstone of overall wellbeing. Introducing simple and effective ways to incorporate exercise into the workday can boost energy levels and productivity.

  • In-Office Workouts: Consider dedicating a space in the office for quick workouts or stretching sessions. Organise group activities like yoga or team walks during breaks to encourage physical activity.
  • Remote Worker Fitness Challenges: For remote teams, leverage technology to organise virtual fitness challenges. Encourage employees to share their workout routines or participate in virtual fitness classes together.

Collaboration with Business Health Matters

A supportive workforce is a resilient workforce. By investing in employee wellbeing, businesses can create a positive cycle of productivity and satisfaction.

  • Tailored Wellbeing Programme: Business Health Matters understands that each business is unique. Our Workplace Wellbeing Programme is tailored to meet the specific needs and challenges of your organisation.
  • Expert Guidance: Our team of experts collaborates with your business to develop a comprehensive strategy. From physical health initiatives to mental health support, we work closely with you to create a sustainable plan.
  • Continuous Evaluation: We believe in the importance of ongoing evaluation and adaptation. Our programme evolves with your business, ensuring that it remains effective and aligned with your evolving needs.

As we step into the new year, let’s commit to creating workplaces that prioritise the health and wellbeing of employees. By collaborating with experts like our team at Business Health Matters, you’re not just investing in your workforce, you’re investing in the long-term success and sustainability of your business. Embrace the journey to a healthier, happier, and more productive workplace in 2024.