Sharp’s Brewery has won the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Healthy Workplace silver award for 2019 for health and wellbeing in the workplace.
It is the first year that the brewery has entered the award scheme, however, its silver success demonstrates the company’s obvious commitment at an organisational level to the health and wellbeing agenda for all of its staff.
The Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Healthy Workplace Award is a county standard of good practice and a quality mark of health and wellbeing in the workplace. The aim of the award is to act as a toolkit to encourage employers to think about ways to improve the health and wellbeing of their employees. Sharp’s scored very highly in areas such as creating a healthy workplace, health and safety, recruitment and retention and return to work.
The follow-up report highlights the full support of the directors, management and staff at Sharp’s for the healthy workplace programme; all of which have a clear commitment to continued progress in promoting the importance of staff health and wellbeing and making sure opportunities are available for team members to participate in across all the sites across Cornwall. The wider company has a health and wellbeing plan which is demonstrated in all of the aims, policies and procedures.
People managers at the brewery, in Rock, are provided with extensive training to be able to look after not only the performance of their teams but also their wellbeing.
‘Health and wellbeing is an integral part of our culture’
Nina Griggs, Sharp’s people development and HR Advisor, said: “Receiving the Cornwall Healthy Workplace Silver Award for 2019 is such a proud moment for all of the Sharp’s team. What makes Sharp’s such a special place to work is our people, and their health and wellbeing is an integral part of our culture. It’s who we are.
“To support this, we have so many great initiatives in place, including providing Mental Health Champions, focused learning and development programmes, encouraging personal development, and getting out in the fresh air to take part in beach cleans in our local community. Achieving this award is a real team effort and is such a fantastic achievement for all of us at Sharp’s.”
As part of the award application process, the team at the brewery also considered plans and ideas, such as the prospect of recruiting an additional mental health first aider, creating a dedicated health and wellbeing internal newsletter, and a regular dedicated Sharp’s wellbeing survey for staff. Other concepts included developing an online portal for staff to access information on health and wellbeing, and the possibility of a free fruit month.
Donna Breakspear, HR business partner, said: “We’ve been working hard on our people agenda over the last few years, and it’s great to see that the work we have put in place already, along with the plans for the future, are being recognised.”