Survey identifies top workplace health performers in UK

Extensive survey of companies and staff identifies Britain’s healthiest workplaces

Britain’s Healthiest Workplace was developed by VitalityHealth, the health insurer, and is determined in partnership with the University of Cambridge, research institute Rand Europe, the Financial Times and human resource consultants Mercer. It is the largest survey to identify the links between an employer’s commitment to workplace wellness and employee health, wellbeing and productivity.

All employers with a workforce of at least 20 in the UK — from the public, private and non-profit sectors — are eligible to participate. They register and complete an online questionnaire describing their approach to health promotion and the wellbeing services and benefits they may offer. Staff fill out a confidential health assessment covering a broad range: lifestyle; behavioural, clinical and mental risk; stress and productivity and the extent to which staff may feel engaged in their employers’ programmes. Employers receive an overall health report. Employees receive one with recommendations addressing the individual risks they may be facing.

Britain’s Healthiest Workplace has been running for four years, with over 400 employers and nearly 100,000 employees surveyed during that time. In 2016, a record 169 employers and 34,182 employees took part. The data — split between small, medium and large organisations — show which workplaces harbour the UK’s healthiest employees, judged by risks relating to smoking, nutrition, physical activity, body composition and mental health. Scores for the healthiest employer assess culture, workplace stress and the provision and use of wellness facilities and services. An average of the two rankings determines the overall healthiest workplace. Read more about some of the winners here.

Britain’s Healthiest Workplace is overseen by an advisory board including Professor Dame Carol Black, principal of Newnham College, Cambridge; Dr Justin Varney, Public Health England; Professor Stephen Bevan, Institute for Employment Studies; Steve Boorman, Empactis; Professor Cary Cooper, Manchester Business School; Andrew Jack, Financial Times; Professor Theresa Marteau, University of Cambridge; Professor Martin Roland, University of Cambridge; and Shaun Subel, VitalityHealth.

Britain’s healthiest workplace

Company size key: Large: 1,000+ eligible employees; medium: 250-999; small 50-249

Overall award winners
Britain's Healthiest WorkplaceHealthiest EmployerHealthiest EmployeesMost Improved Workplace
LargeLargeLargeLarge
Nomura International GSKNomura International Home Retail Group
GSKDiscovery Corporate ServicesAtkins Energy 
Discovery Corporate ServicesNomura International BNP Paribas 
    
MediumMediumMediumMedium
Adidas UKAdidas UKSweaty BettyBerkeley St Edward
Iris WorldwideIris WorldwideAdidas UK 
Sweaty Bettybwbsliris Worldwide 
    
SmallSmallSmallSmall
Forster CommunicationsEversholt Rail (UK) Forster CommunicationsTendeka
Ruffer Scottish Conference and Exhibition CentreForrester Research 
Eversholt Rail (UK) LimitedForster CommunicationsRuffer  
Top quartiles by size
LargeMediumSmall
Nomura International Adidas UKForster Communications
GSKiris WorldwideRuffer
Discovery Corporate ServicesSweaty BettyEversholt Rail (UK) Limited
BNP ParibasGilead SciencesForrester Research
QuintilesPhoenix GroupWE Communications
Atkins EnergyTrowers & Hamlins Mediatek
Gartner UK Unibet (London) Viavi Solutions Inc.
University of AberdeenLiberty ITVertex Pharmaceuticals
CH2MDun & BradstreetPaladone products
Standard LifeEdinburgh LeisureVolvo Car UK
Dell Corporation PayPalScottish Conference and Exhibition Centre
Mott MacDonaldKingsley Napley Ludger
Jaguar Land RoverCity Football Group  
Zurich Insurance  
Provide CIC  
Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust 
Top for health categories
Lowest levels of work impairmentLowest levels of work-related stressFewest musculoskeletal conditionsMost physically active
Geosonic Drilling Virgin ManagementSweaty BettyDNOW UK
VimtoWE CommunicationsForrester ResearchBristan Group
Heraeus Quartz UK motive8Virgin ManagementRBS
Adidas UKBlue Motor Finance Bristan Group Age UK Bristol
EWST Inver House Distillers motive8Heraeus Quartz UK
Inver House Distillers Craggs EnergyBrabners Aviva UK Life
Volvo Car UK Alert Logic UK Noble Europe Live Nation
MB Aerospace Eversholt Rail (UK) Paladone products Allstate Northern Ireland
Belfast International AirportRuffer Inovyn ChlorVinyls WE Communications
Geldards Sweaty BettyNomura International Belfast International Airport
Top for health categories (continued)
Best dietsMost smoke freeLeast obese
Age UK BristolForster CommunicationsForster Communications
City Football Group Ludgermotive8
Virgin Managementmotive8T. Rowe Price
EWST T. Rowe PriceNoble Europe
Sweaty BettyDun & BradstreetVirgin Management
Adidas UKThe Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS TrustLodha Developers UK
iris WorldwideVertex PharmaceuticalsLeuchie House National Respite Centre
Bank of ChinaInovyn ChlorVinyls Sweaty Betty
Oxford Nanopore Technologies Ruffer Axiom
Gartner UK Heraeus Quartz UK Ruffer
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