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Power company wins wellbeing award

Commitment to the wellbeing and engagement of its staff has earned an electricity distribution company a national award for the second year running.

From Press releases - 8 July 2014 12:00 AM

Commitment to the wellbeing and engagement of its staff has earned an electricity distribution company a national award for the second year running.

UK Power Networks, the company that keeps the lights on for more than eight million customers in the South East, London and East of England, has been reaccredited with a Big Tick in the BITC (Business in the Community) Responsible Business Awards.

Its success in the Bupa Workwell and Engagement category is an endorsement of its work to ensure its employees live a healthier life – and encourage their partners, friends and family to do the same.

UK Power Networks will receive the honour at a national awards gala dinner in London tonight (July 8) which will be attended by the Prince of Wales and hosted by comedian David Walliams and Sky Sports presenter Natalie Pinkham.

To achieve reaccreditation, the company had to show judges it had continued to develop its focus on health and wellbeing since receiving its Big Tick last year.

Dr Sharon Wigfull, of UK Power Networks, said: “We are very pleased to get this. Engagement was added to the title of the category this year and that is something we have focused on.

“For example we held various ‘Know Your Numbers’ roadshows where staff could have free medical checks and find out their cholesterol levels, their BMI and so on. They were so popular we had to put on an extra date.

“We’re particularly pleased about the number of men, particularly operational staff, who have taken part in our wellbeing and engagement initiatives. Eighty one per cent of our workforce is male and men generally don’t like talking about these kinds of issues.

“We are constantly trying to make health an everyday part of the workplace and another example is our making access to lifestyle assessments easy. We provide fit for work assessments for operational staff and we are now offering voluntary lifestyle checks with all assessments.”

BITC chief executive Stephen Howard said: “All year round, responsible businesses across the UK are contributing towards more resilient communities, stimulating local economies, creating diverse, skilled and healthy workforces and addressing skills shortages, yet these activities rarely get attention. I congratulate UK Power Networks for its Big Tick reaccreditation, which is a powerful symbol of business doing more to bring about change.”