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Health in the workplace – why it’s an integral part of any business


Michelle Elliot


30th July 2018


At UCQ we understand and appreciate the importance of health in the workplace, our employees, and their wellbeing.  Being recognised as an excellent place to work is one of our key strategic goals.

In addition to investing in the development of our workforce we also focus on the health and wellbeing of staff. This ensures they all have an effective work/ life balance. We spend on average one third of our lives at work. So if it’s negatively affecting your mental wellbeing then it is time for something to change.

Workplace health is an integral part of any business. As Gallup (2010) discussed, one of the essential elements of wellbeing is career wellbeing –enjoying what you do every day. It has been discussed that better mental health and wellbeing in a workplace boosts morale, dramatically lowers levels of absenteeism and increases productivity of staff members, which is something we strive to achieve and improve every day. UCQ has committed to achieving better health at work by focusing on our employees’ physical and mental health, developing promotional initiatives to make small and sustainable improvements.

Carl Laidler of Personnel Today discusses how; “Wellbeing in the workplace should begin from day one of an individual’s employment, not once a health issue has been established or upon reaching a certain level of seniority.” At UCQ we want to create opportunities for employees to address any wellbeing problems with their managers, hence why it is such an integral part of our Chartered Manager Degree Apprenticeship.

The North East Better Health at Work Award is a partnership developed with the local authorities, NHS and Northern TUC, with the support and endorsement from Public Health England. With more than 400 employers participating in the scheme, the need for the award and the employee benefits are clear. Mental health is becoming an accepted topic of conversation, but it’s time to stop talking, and start making a difference.


At UCQ we encourage employers to develop managers who drive productivity. They should also attract, recruit and retain quality staff to contribute to the business.  With the Chartered Manager Degree Apprenticeship we can support existing and future managers in developing their skills, knowledge and behaviours. This allows them to become more effective in their role, and promote positive wellbeing in the workplace.