Gold for housing project in healthy workplace awards

Gold for ongo in the healthy workplace awards - Jo Sugden (Head of HR) Coun Liz Redfern (Leader), Coun Nigel Sherwood (Cabinet Member for Highways and Neighbourhood) , Linda White ( HR Business Partner).
Gold for ongo in the healthy workplace awards - Jo Sugden (Head of HR) Coun Liz Redfern (Leader), Coun Nigel Sherwood (Cabinet Member for Highways and Neighbourhood) , Linda White ( HR Business Partner).

Staff and tenants are celebrating after ongo has been recognised for its hard work and commitment to promoting healthy living.

The Ongo Partnership, of which North Lincolnshire Homes forms part of, has been given Gold in the Healthy Workplace Awards for the second year running by North Lincolnshire Council.

This year ongo has achieved the award for taking a number of different steps to encourage and enable employees to improve their mental health, wellbeing and minimise stress within the workplace, eat a more balanced diet, stop smoking, take more exercise and reduce musculoskeletal injuries.

It’s also seen absence amongst staff due to mental health issues fall by 50 per cent over the last year.

The work it’s doing with tenants has also been recognised.

Through Outklass Fitness tenants are offered free tailored, fitness and wellbeing services.

They are able to access free monthly classes for adults and children, nutritional education and guidance, children’s boot camps and a free online wellbeing and advice centre.

Linda White, ongo HR Business Partner, said: “To have retained Gold is a fantastic achievement for staff and tenants.

“We’ve also just found out that in a year we have managed to reduce absence from work due to mental health by 50% which just goes to show with a little intervention and help, we can have a healthier workforce and reap and benefits.

“We want to make North Lincolnshire a healthier place to live and work so by encouraging our tenants to get involved too we are one step closer to that.”

Bob Hulme, Healthy Workplace Award Programme co-ordinator at North Lincolnshire Council, said: “More and more employers are realising that it makes good business sense to get involved in the Healthy Workplace Programme. Good health means good business.

“Benefits for employers are very real – reduced sickness absence, increased productivity and efficiency.

“Having a happier, fitter workforce is a great reason for organisations to become involved and take workplace health seriously.”