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Home / News & Opportunities / Blog / July 2017 / DAWN HARDMAN - WORCESTERSHIRE WORKS WELL ... IN SYDNEY!

Date: 21/07/2017

 It has been a very eventful week!  In my last blog, I was looking forward to the Worcestershire Works Well 10th bi-annual event which was to take place in November at Hogarths Stone Manor.

Things have moved on somewhat. Following an official announcement this week, I’m absolutely thrilled to say that I’m very excited about attending the 10th World Chambers Conference taking place in Sydney on 20-22 September.
We heard this week that the Herefordshire & Worcestershire Chamber of Commerce is a finalist in the World Chambers Competition CSR category, alongside Iran, India and Brazil for the Worcestershire Works Well (WWW) project.  As I’m sure you’re aware, the Chamber is a partner in this project, alongside Worcestershire County Council, Herefordshire & Worcestershire Sports Partnership, Community First and Worcester Regulatory Services.
I feel very proud to be part of such a worthwhile initiative and to work with my WWW colleagues  who are a great team.  I’m sure much of our success has been due to the way we have worked together and supported each other in taking the initiative forward. 
So what does this mean in practice?  We now have to work on our presentation to be delivered at the Conference in September!  A little scary, but what an opportunity to raise Worcestershire’s profile worldwide.  Work on the presentation has now commenced and I’m sure there will be many practice sessions before the final event!
Health and wellbeing continues to move its way up the corporate agenda.  More and more employers are continuing to realise that there are real benefits to implementing health and wellbeing initiatives in the workplace.  Apart from the obvious benefits of a healthy workforce, including decreased absenteeism; staff feel more valued and therefore more motivated when their employer implements initiatives which enhances a positive working culture.  In addition, group initiatives such as running clubs, zumba classes, table tennis championships (to name but three) really help to bring teams together in an environment outside the day-to-day work pressures.  This leads to increased team-working and a sense of camaraderie amongst team members.
We are constantly hearing about the current skills shortage which seems to be one of the key challenges businesses are facing at the moment.  Anything that an employer can do to enhance its brand to become an employer of choice is key to its sustainability.  We want the best people but we need the best people to want to work for us.  Initiatives, such as health and wellbeing and ensuring a positive working culture, indicates to a prospective candidate that they will be valued and supported in the workplace.  It makes a difference these days!
Worcestershire Works Well is able to provide employers, through a dedicated representative,  information and guidance covering a range of heath related topics and also offers regular health and wellbeing events where best practice is shared.  A toolkit is provided and businesses are able to work towards accreditation at three levels.  To date, we have over 90 businesses who are working with us at various levels.   
We are looking forward to sharing our experiences with other Chambers in Sydney and further promoting the benefits of workplace wellbeing programs. Fingers crossed!
To find out more about WWW, please visit

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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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