A Denbighshire company is reaping the benefits of support from Healthy Working Wales to improve the health and wellbeing of their staff.
Glyndŵr Innovations Ltd, based in St Asaph, has received support and advice from the Welsh Government funded Healthy Working Wales (HWW) programme, which is delivered by Public Health Wales and supports employers, individuals and a range of health professionals.
HWW aims to help working age people in Wales stay fit and healthy so they can remain in employment, or return to work following a period of ill health.
As a wholly owned subsidiary of Wrexham Glyndŵr University, health and safety was already a high priority for Glyndŵr Innovations Ltd, which employs 18 staff and manages the OpTIC Technology Centre in St Asaph.
But after working with HWW to review current policies and risk assessments, and taking part in a dedicated workshop, the company recognised the importance of a holistic approach to wellbeing, and has worked to further engage employees on the topic. Glyndŵr Innovations Ltd was awarded with a HWW Bronze Small Workplace Health Award as a result.
Debbie Davies, business and innovation centre manager at Glyndŵr Innovations Ltd, said:
“We are proud to have achieved the national quality mark for health and wellbeing at work and a prestigious accreditation. Working towards the award highlighted the importance of prevention with regard to musculoskeletal disorders, for example, while our staff are much more aware of the support available to them as a result.
Reducing the impact of mental and musculoskeletal disorders are among the key aims of the HWW programme.
Speaking on World Mental Health Day as the Wales Health at Work Summit got underway in Llandudno, Economy and Transport Minister Ken Skates said:
“Glyndŵr Innovations Ltd is an excellent example of a business taking action to make a real difference to the health and wellbeing of its workforce.
“Living healthy lives allows us all to fulfil our potential, meet our aspirations and play a full part in the economy and society of Wales. Healthy Working Wales plays a vital role in delivering exactly that and I’d encourage business of all sizes to get involved with the programme.
“A healthy workforce is also good for business. By addressing sickness absence issues, employers can benefit from improved staff retention, reduced staff turnover and a more engaged and productive workforce.