Workplace Health in VCS Organisations
PHE ePoster Library. Hogan G. Sep 12, 2017; 186693; 248
Ms. Ginette Hogan
Ms. Ginette Hogan
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Abstract Introduction:Staff in VCS organisations often feel slightly higher levels of subjective wellbeing than workers in other sectors. However their employment is generally less secure and more likely to be part-time; around 15% of VCS workers would prefer full-time work. Most VCS organisations are very small and face increasing pressures as the funding for both mainstream and VCS services reduces. They therefore face the same challenges as small businesses in providing comprehensive HR or workplace health support to their workers. Southwark Public Health has a workplace health programme, which includes a focus on offering support to VCS organisations to address workplace health issues. MethodThis programme is based on the London Healthy Workplace Charter, an evidence-based framework guiding best practice in workplace health. It is delivered in partnership with Community Southwark, the umbrella body for the VCS in the borough. The programme involves training on aspects of workplace wellbeing, supplemented by a small grants scheme to support action at the end of the course. A range of evaluation methods has been used. Results so farQualitative feedback from participants has demonstrated high levels of satisfaction with the programme, especially the opportunity to network with other organisations facing similar challenges, signposting to local resources and services, and the focus on simple no- or low-cost initiatives. An example of this was the introduction of a flexible working policy which transformed sickness absence trends in a very short period of time. Further evaluations will follow in March 2018. External funding details Part funded by Southwark CCG
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