Wednesday 8th August
West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA) wants to help businesses save
money, improve employee wellbeing and increase productivity through the
Thrive at Work trial.
The programme will support workplaces to better promote employee
wellbeing. Grants, training materials and support will be available for
businesses with 20 to 250 employees who sign up to take part.
WMCA is looking for 148 businesses across Birmingham, Solihull,
Coventry, Walsall, Wolverhampton, Dudley and Sandwell to sign up for the
Cllr Izzi Secombe, leader of Warwickshire County Council and WMCA
portfolio holder for wellbeing, said: "It is estimated that 40 per cent
of sick days taken in the West Midlands relate to a mental health
"Four million estimated working days are lost every year due to
mental health conditions, and separately, musculoskeletal conditions led
to between eight and nine million estimated working days lost in
2016/2017 in the West Midlands.
"The National Institute of Clinical Excellence estimates that
businesses which implement programmes to improve and promote staff
wellbeing could save between £130 and £5,020 for each participating
employee by reducing their absence or illness at work.
"This trial is a great opportunity for West Midlands businesses to
show their commitment to the health and wellbeing of their staff, and
help to boost productivity across the region.”
Businesses can work towards three levels of the Thrive at Work
Commitment – Bronze, Silver and Gold. Businesses who show exemplary
practice will be eligible for a Wellbeing Award.
Organisations wishing to take part must sign a declaration committing
their business to implement Thrive at Work. Researchers will need
access to the business, and to interview employees, and businesses will
be asked to feedback on how the commitment is working, its costs and
For more information about Thrive at Work, and to sign up your business for the trial, visit: https://www.wmca.org.uk/what-we-do/thrive/thrive-at-work/