Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service has been awarded a top accolade for its commitment to boosting the health and wellbeing of its employees.
"A happy and healthy workforce is the key to success for any - and every – organisation and creating an atmosphere that is positive, boosts morale and drives absences down is vital. Nowhere is this more essential than in the emergency services where having a full, strong and motivated team can literally save lives."
Director of People Judith Doran
Director of People Judith Doran was presented with the Staffordshire Workplace Health Framework’s Gold Standard yesterday (January 23).
The ‘Good for People – Good for Business’ event, hosted by Staffordshire County Council at Cannock Fire Station, attracted dozens of delegates from public bodies, private sector companies and voluntary organisations.
It highlighted the excellent work that is being done to drive down sickness absence and improve staff satisfaction by boosting health and wellbeing.
The fire service was praised for its dedication to supporting employees and encouraging them to achieve a healthier lifestyle.
Judith Doran said: "We believe our employees are the strongest asset we have at the fire service which is why we work hard to offer them support, advice and encouragement to achieve their aims both while they are on duty and in their own time.
"A happy and healthy workforce is the key to success for any - and every – organisation and creating an atmosphere that is positive, boosts morale and drives absences down is vital. Nowhere is this more essential than in the emergency services where having a full, strong and motivated team can literally save lives.
"We are delighted that our hard work has been recognised on a county wide stage and we are looking forward to building on our current success in the future."
A Wellbeing Coordinator, based at the Service’s headquarters in Pirehill, has been rolling out a range of projects to increase safety and positivity within the work environment.
Members of staff have been attending sessions that look at how to react and respond to circumstances differently in order to achieve a more positive result.
Employees have also been encouraged to act as ‘Wellbeing Champions’, offering support and advice to colleagues who may be struggling.
Awareness raising campaigns, including National Falls Week, Men’s Health Week and Carers’ Week, are also taking place throughout the year.
County Councillor Robbie Marshall, Cabinet member for Health and Wellbeing, also presented Staffordshire Police, Stafford and Rural Homes and Sainsbury’s, Cannock, with an award.
Councillor Marshall added: "It is a priority for the county council to enable everyone to lead healthy and fulfilling lives. We want to encourage all organisations to take a lead in encouraging their employees to be healthy. A healthier workforce is a happier and more productive one which is good for Staffordshire. I’d like to commend Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service for its Gold Standard work in promoting health and wellbeing in the workplace."