Robson Laidler has been honoured Gold standard for our commitment to keeping our workforce healthy.

We received the Gold Better Health at Work Award as part of an initiative to promote health and wellbeing in workplaces across the region.

The award comes at the same time that recent research reveals that, given the choice, 74% of UK workers surveyed would rather an employer allocated £100 towards wellbeing initiatives than a workplace Christmas party. And in a separate survey, 40% of global business leaders say they have created a culture of wellbeing in 2018 (up 7% from 2016).

* Research by consultancy Shine Workplace Wellbeing

In its third year of the four-year programme, staff at our firm undertook a series of workplace health campaigns and fitness activities over the past 12 months and will now build up to the continuing excellence award where we will take up the challenge of promoting health and wellbeing to not only staff but to other local businesses.

To achieve the Gold Award Robson Laidler set up its own badminton and walking club, rolled out a robust mental health and wellbeing policy including a free 24hour confidential support helpline to all staff, as well as offering a newly structured career development path and flexible working hours to all employees.

Fun activities have included a mocktail making masterclass, boozed and confused alcohol awareness session and an oral health workshop with a local dental practice.  Factual seminars have been held from Prostate Cancer UK and Breast Cancer Care to staff.

Lead health advocate at Robson Laidler Gemma Graham said: “I couldn’t be prouder of our team for helping us achieve Gold standard in the Better Health at Work Programme. 80% of our staff got involved in some kind of wellbeing activity over the last 12-months.

“The health and wellbeing of our staff is paramount as we aim to ensure our firm is a place people feel happy and confident coming to each day and ultimately a great place to work.

“We are excited to take this to the next level in 2019 and showcase our initiatives to other workplaces too.”