Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

We Need a Healthy Workforce; Working to Promote the Health and Wellbeing of Your Staff Can Pay Dividends for Both the Employee and Employer, Says Teesside University's Assistant Chief Executive and Director of Human Resources, Juliet Amos, Above

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

We Need a Healthy Workforce; Working to Promote the Health and Wellbeing of Your Staff Can Pay Dividends for Both the Employee and Employer, Says Teesside University's Assistant Chief Executive and Director of Human Resources, Juliet Amos, Above

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INVESTING in a healthy workforce is vitally important for any successful organisation. As a university, we feel our staff are our main asset and so we do everything we can to assist their health and well-being.

Clearly this has a beneficial effect for our employees. Apart from the obvious health implications, the work that we do has a positive effect in terms of staff morale and helps to promote greater engagement amongst colleagues.

This helps employees improve their performance and their ability to do the job and so consequently the university benefits. Since 2011, we have seen the amount of days lost to sickness reduce by 20%.

As one of the Tees Valley's largest employers - we have more than 2,000 staff - it is vital that we take a structured approach to staff health. However, it is important that all organisations, large and small, take a holistic approach to how they manage their workforce health and wellbeing.

At Teesside University, along with South Tees Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and Middlesbrough College, we are taking part in the Healthy Settings initiative. This is a public health-led initiative which has been developed by the World Health Organisation and maps the health needs of university staff and students with the support and interventions available through public health in Middlesbrough..

It takes a holistic and multi-disciplinary approach to wellbeing that assesses behaviour and environmental factors, and uses early interventions to support positive well-being. As part of the Healthy Settings initiative, we have just completed a series of staff focus groups to find out the health needs of our employees and where any gaps might be in our existing provision and we hope that the Healthy Setting Initiative will assist us in bridging those gaps.

The university provides a range of services for the health and wellbeing of its staff and students. …

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