ISO Quality Services became one of the smallest SMEs in the county to achieve level two of the Worcestershire Works Well accreditation in June. Six months on, the Worcester-based FinditinWorcestershire member has more fantastic news.
Not only has the ISO specialist been presented with the accreditation at the WWW bi-annual event last month, but it has also received an ‘Outstanding Achievement Award’.
The award, which has been created to recognise the extra steps that a business takes to improve the wellbeing of staff members, is an accolade above and beyond the accreditation requirement.
ISO's health and wellbeing journey has introduced invaluable support and advice for its team for both physical and mental health and wellbeing. This has included flexible working, healthy team lunches and mental health first-aid training. The company has taken the initiative a stage further by enlisting the help of registered mental health nurse, Carie Workman.
The team have been encouraged to participate in a private hour long session with Carie, on a monthly basis.The time provides a safe environment to discuss any worries or concerns, and help develop effective coping strategies. The support from Carie has been well received by the team - who have rated the sessions as highly as the company's flexible working policy, which includes a day off for birthdays.
Feedback has revealed that the initiative has helped the ISO employees become more productive and confident, and feel happier by talking about their worries.
The Worcestershire Works Well panel commented: “ISO Quality Services is an organisation which considers people to be its biggest asset and the mental health program put in place significantly supported this core value. ISO QSL is truly an ambassador organisation and a very deserving winner of the WWW Outstanding Achievement Award”.
Debbie Farr, Director of HR and Facilities Management added: “We are incredibly proud of our achievement and the team’s commitment to our health and wellbeing initiative. We are a family business with strong people-orientated values and in order for our team to perform at their best and provide exceptional support to our clients, we need to establish a working environment geared towards creating happy and health employees.
"We look forward to continuing our work with the team, helping them to make healthier lifestyle choices and achieve a better work/life balance."
'Worcestershire Works Well' Scheme
'Worcestershire Works Well' supports businesses in the improvement of the health and well-being of their employees. Improved employee health and well-being has been shown repeatedly to improve profitability and productivity of businesses.
With the majority of adults spending a substantial proportion of their daily lives in the workplace, employers can play a vital role in improving the health and well-being of its workforce. This may include ongoing workplace health promotion, raising awareness of particular health issues and supporting employees to make healthier lifestyle choices.
There are three levels of accreditation for a business to work towards. To find out more visit the Worcestershire Works Well website >
Photo: Debbie Farr, Director of HR and Facilities Management, ISO Quality Services