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Home / News & Opportunities / Blog / July 2016 / DAWN HARDMAN – SUPPORTING A HEALTHY WORKFORCE

Date: 01/07/2016

There has been a lot of promotion recently about health and wellbeing and the important part employers can play in promoting healthy lifestyles and supporting health and wellbeing in the workplace.

Our Worcestershire Works Well bi-annual event took place at Wyre Forest District Council Offices on Thursday 19 May, the theme this time being mental health in the workplace. The event was supported by Mark Garnier, MP for Wyre Forest and David Elliot, Public Health England, and we were delighted to welcome a number of Worcestershire businesses and speakers on the day giving both factual and personal accounts of the subject.   
It may be of interest to know that a Wellbeing Hub was launched in Worcestershire on Monday16 May.The hub is a free service and provides information and signposting for people over the age of 16 who are struggling with anxiety, stress, low mood, worry or depression. It’s the first of its kind in Worcestershire and aims to connect people with the range of courses and groups available across the county. This will be an extremely valuable service to employers and managers who are very often in need themselves of help and information to support their people in the most appropriate way. 
We at the Chamber are always looking for opportunities to promote and build team working outside of our traditional working environment. What better way to do this than participate in some physical activity “challenges”. The benefits of exercise have been proved to include a reduction to risk of major illnesses such as heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes and cancer by up to 50%. It’s free, easy to take, has an immediate effect and you don’t need a GP to get some! 
During recent weeks, a number of our team members completed the Worcestershire Way Walk, a total of 31 miles! What an achievement. Well done to those who took part and together raised £4000 for St Richard’s Hospice. We also entered a team into the Workplace Challenge Rounders tournament last month. The next challenge is street cricket – looking forward to watching that one! Incidentally, as you may have guessed I personally haven’t taken part in these activities. However, due to spending three days on my feet recently in helping to organise Severn Sounds Festival, which is a project I’m involved with outside of work, I would like to think that I did walk a number of miles over that particular weekend – I just wish I had thought to wear a pedometer! The Festival was a huge success by the way and we managed to raise over £3,500 for New Hope.
HR can play a large role in promoting and supporting health and wellbeing activities in the workplace and many HR colleagues I work and come into contact with are firmly behind these programs, seeing them naturally fitting in with their overall HR strategy of developing and maintaining a healthy, engaged and productive workforce. 
I think that’s all for now but will look forward to seeing many of you at forthcoming events.

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Dawn Hardman

Director of HR

Dawn began her career working for IBM in a resource deployment role before moving to Business Link as a HR Advisor.  Appointed Head of Human Resources for Herefordshire and Worcestershire Chamber of Commerce in 2007, Dawns role encompasses the complete HR spectrum from looking after the Chamber staff, to delivering IOSH training and sitting on the steering committee of Worcestershire Works Well.

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