Vitality Awards_0013The awards, which launched in 2013, are based on the UK’s largest and most comprehensive workplace wellness study. Since inception, over 400 organisations and nearly 100,000 individuals have taken part, across a wide range of industries, regions and demographic groups. This year 160 organisations and more than 34,000 individual participants took part.

Britain’s Healthiest Workplace was developed by VitalityHealth and is delivered in partnership with the University of Cambridge, RAND Europe and Mercer.

The study uses both an employer and employee survey to provide a top-down and bottom-up view of employee health and wellbeing, as well as organisational culture and approaches to managing the health of employees. It is the first study of its kind in the UK to seek to understand the impact of lifestyle factors and the workplace environment on employee health and productivity outcomes, at both an individual and an organisational level, and to track these over time.

Vitality Awards_0042Originally launched as Britain’s Healthiest Company in 2013, the study was rebranded in January 2016 to reflect its growth and continuing inclusivity. This year the survey incorporated a wider range of workplaces ranging from private sector to third sector and public sector, giving a holistic overview of the nation’s health. And for the first time companies with a workforce of just 20 employees or more were eligible to take part.

Britain’s Healthiest Workplace recognises excellence in workplace wellness across three award categories and three organisation sizes. The overall award for Britain’s Healthiest Workplace is based on the combined scores from the Healthiest Employer and Healthiest Employee awards, to holistically determine Britain’s Healthiest Workplace.

The winning organisations were recognised at a ceremony in London this week and are as follows:

Britain’s Healthiest Workplace (large companies)

Winner: Nomura International Plc

Highly Commended: GSK; Discovery Corporate Services

Britain’s Healthiest Workplace (medium companies)

Winner: adidas UK

Highly Commended: iris Worldwide; Sweaty Betty

Britain’s Healthiest Workplace (small companies)

Winner: Forster Communications

Highly Commended: Ruffer LLP; Eversholt Rail (UK) Limited

Healthiest Employer (large)

Winner: GSK

Highly Commended: Discovery Corporate Services; Nomura International Plc

Healthiest Employer (medium)

Winner: adidas UK

Highly Commended: iris Worldwide; Bristol Water Plc

Healthiest Employer (small)

Winner: Eversholt Rail (UK) Limited

Highly Commended: Scottish Conference and Exhibition Centre; Forster Communications

Healthiest Employees (large)

Winner: Nomura International Plc

Highly Commended: Atkins Energy; BNP Paribas

Healthiest Employees (medium)

Winner: Sweaty Betty

Highly Commended: adidas UK; iris Worldwide

Healthiest Employees (small)

Winner: Forster Communications

Highly Commended: Forrester Research; Ruffer LLP

Most Improved Workplace

Home Retail Group (large companies)

Berkeley St Edward (medium companies)

Tendeka (small companies)

Neville Koopowitz, CEO at Vitality, said: “Britain’s Healthiest Workplace offers a unique insight into how UK employers are approaching staff wellbeing and how their strategies are impacting on employees’ health and productivity. Since we launched the study in 2013, it is clear that companies are putting increasing emphasis on employee wellbeing and are starting to develop much healthier workplace environments.

“It is extremely encouraging to see organisations supporting their staff to live a healthier lifestyle and we are proud to be championing these changes which improve both individual wellbeing and the business bottom line.

“The fact that the study has more than tripled in size over the last four years shows a growing awareness of the importance of employee health and wellbeing.”

Chris Bailey, Partner at Mercer, commented: “The diverse nature of the participants of Britain’s Healthiest Workplace shows that employee wellbeing has gone from a nice to have to an essential part of running an effective organisation.

“The results we see from those organisations who understand the importance of healthy engaged people evidence the clear link between investing in people and sound returns.

“Regardless of sector, productivity is increasingly key, people bringing their best to work each day is essential in today’s society.”