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Stagecoach East Midlands win big at the Healthy Workplace awards

18 May 2018

Stagecoach East Midlands’ Health & Wellbeing team take home two awards at the North Lincolnshire Council’s Healthy Workplace awards


Stagecoach East Midlands have been selected for the Bronze Healthy Workplace award and an Outstanding Workplace Award, as part of the North Lincolnshire Council Public Health led Wellbeing at Work Award Scheme, on 9th May.


The awards, held at North Lindsey College, celebrate companies’ initiatives to introduce health and wellbeing programmes in the workplace, showing evidence of leading the way in promoting and providing employees with the tools to lead a healthy lifestyle.


Michelle Hargreaves, Managing Director, said: ‘We are delighted to take home these awards and  have the achievements of the Health and Wellbeing Committee recognised. We are dedicated to equipping staff with the tools and knowledge for a healthy lifestyle, and these awards highlight the efforts of our team in ensuring staff are encouraged and supported within the work environment.’


At the end of 2016 Michelle Hargreaves and Helen Smith, Operations Manager, from the Grimsby depot, spearheaded the project  - one of the first of its kind in the transport sector - to help improve the wellbeing of staff with a dedicated Health and Wellbeing Committee.


In February 2018,  Stagecoach East Midlands signed the Time to Change pledge, that aims to to reduce the stigma surrounding mental health issues.


A spokesperson for the council said the Stagecoach team were chosen due to being ‘one of few transport organisations realising the value and benefits from valuing employee health and wellbeing, achieving awards throughout sector and industry for workplace health.


They have gone above and beyond requirements to not only deliver across North Lincolnshire but cascading health promotions and events region-wide too.’


In a job where some staff are sedentary for up to five and a half hours a day, the team led Michelle and Helen recognised the importance of supporting staff with having an active, healthy lifestyle.


Various initiatives have taken place since the committee began, including challenges and Health Engagement Days. Free fruit is delivered every Monday to all depots. This has been so successful that some depots have introduced free fruit on other days. New healthy meal recipes are available every week.


Employees were also able to take part in boot camps, weight loss challenges, ride exercise bikes that powered smoothie makers, and given cooking equipment to make quick and healthy meals at work, cancer screening and health information days are also regularly held at the depots across the East Midlands.


Michelle said ‘With our workforce in a position where they are often sat down for long periods of time, we created an initiative that was fun, good for staff, increased morale and productivity across the workplace, and helped build and improve working relationships within the depots.’


To further their push for healthy living within the workplace, Stagecoach East Midlands will be rolling out CPR training to staff, as well as continuing to support employees with mental health issues through the Time to Change pledge.