A great deal of attention is given to new hospital buildings and to questions of NHS structures and finances (or lack of them). These are all important things but much improvement in health and the happiness of society can be achieved in other ways. One is to reach out into the workplace and encourage employers to recognise the financial, commercial and social benefits of creating healthier places to work. This covers many areas such as food, eating, flexibility, decent pay and attention to mental health problems.
The London Healthy Workplace Charter (https://www.london.gov.uk/what-we-do/health/healthy-workplace-charter) encourages employers in London to commit to improving health in the workplace and last Monday I was privileged to chair an awards ceremony where over 60 organisations were recognised for their contributions to making work in London healthier. As the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, said in his press statement : “Congratulations to all of the organisations and businesses who’ve been recognised through the Healthy Workplace Charter. Without a high-performing and healthy workforce, London would not be the fast-paced and successful city it is. It is great to see so many businesses and organisations showing true commitment to the health and wellbeing of their employees. Their dedication to their workforce is an example of how local businesses can prosper, attract the best talent and reap the rewards of investing in their staff.”