Recognising its corporate responsibilities and commitment to improving the health and wellbeing of its workforce, HBL Associates has become one of the UK’s first SME’s to secure the Workplace Wellbeing Charter.
Delivered by Health@Work Consultancy Services, this accreditation standard is built on best practice, the latest research and business sense to seamlessly embed workplace wellbeing into every aspect of an organisation.
The Workplace Wellbeing Charter is segmented into 8 topic areas, ranging from leadership and absence management to the importance of physical activity and healthy eating. It was an approach fully embraced by management and staff throughout HBL Associates via a programme of assessments, site visits, practical resources and action plans.
One of the North West’s leading structural and civil engineering consultancies, Manchester-based HBL has expanded rapidly over the past 5 years, increasing its 24-strong technical workforce by over 50%. Recruitment, development and, most importantly, retention of good quality, young staff has been central to that success.
HBL’s director Steve Holmes recognised that a productive, profitable and successful business is very much dependent on a happy and motivated workforce. He commented: “Modern workplace pressures have increasingly brought mental health and wellbeing issues sharply into focus across all industries. As a business, we agreed that a Workplace Wellbeing Charter was not just desirable but essential if we were to maintain the health and welfare of all employees.
“Everyone within the organisation has embraced the Charter programme and I’m very proud that we’ve taken the initiative and become one of the first organisations in our sector to secure this important accreditation.”