Be Well@Work Award

Barnsley Council, along with the other South Yorkshire councils, is offering free of charge support for businesses to achieve accreditation to this new South Yorkshire award.

The Be Well@Work Award provides a framework for a business to work towards building good practice in workplace health and wellbeing. It will help you create a culture that aligns with your overall business goals, enhance your business reputation and help make your business a great place to work.

Award structure

The award is free and supports all types of employer: public, private or voluntary sector; small, medium or large organisation. You can gain recognition for your efforts and be awarded a certificate, allowing for progression through bronze, silver to gold certification. Once awarded, the certificate is valid for two years. If you decide to progress to the next level before the end of the two year period, you can request to be reassessed.

By considering the award, you will find out what you are already doing well, and where you can make improvements. You may already meet many of the award criteria and be able to achieve recognition for this by achieving award accreditation. The award scheme criteria will also give you ideas and targets to work towards, which you can include within a plan of action.

How to join the award scheme

For more information on the criteria and how you can achieve accreditation with the award, contact your workplace health officer.

Helpful resources

For a range of model policies and guidelines to help businesses working for the Be Well@Work Award, see our workplace health resources.

Be Well@Work annual awards 2020

The Be Well@Work Annual Awards recognise business achievements in improving employee health and wellbeing in the workplace. This year is the third year of the Awards and businesses are invited to apply for the award categories below.

There are 8 categories of award and if you would like to apply you will need to fill in the application form for each category you would like to enter.

You will need to email us your completed application by the closing date of Saturday 31 October 2020.

A panel will create a shortlist of finalists for each category.

In view of the COVID-19 pandemic this year there will not be the ceremony to celebrate the finalists and winners. Each finalist will receive a certificate and the winner of each category will receive a trophy which will be presented by the Mayor of Barnsley.  Winners will also receive a framed photograph of the trophy presentation.

Details of all finalists and winners will be published through various media.

Awards categories

Award for small Barnsley business - less than 50 employees

This award is for a small business that has demonstrated a real commitment to the health and well-being of the workforce. The panel will be looking for a health and well-being programme which encourages a supportive and productive environment where employees can flourish. This may include a range of interventions that have been introduced with measures such as a reduction in sickness absence, improving retention levels and increasing engagement with staff that are embedded in organisational culture.

Apply online for the Be Well @ Work small business award.

Award for medium Barnsley business - 50 to 250 employees

This award is for a medium business that has demonstrated a real commitment to the health and well-being of the workforce. The panel will be looking for a health and well-being programme which encourages a supportive and productive environment where employees can flourish. This may include a range of interventions that have been introduced with measures such as a reduction in sickness absence, improving retention levels and increasing engagement with staff that are embedded in organisational culture.

Apply online for the Be Well @ Work medium business award.

Award for large Barnsley business - over 250 employees

This award is for a large business that has demonstrated a real commitment to the health and well-being of the workforce. The panel will be looking for a health and well-being programme which encourages a supportive and productive environment where employees can flourish. This may include a range of interventions that have been introduced with measures such as a reduction in sickness absence, improving retention levels and increasing engagement with staff that are embedded in organisational culture.

Apply online for the Be Well @ Work large business award.

Award for public sector organisation

Apply online for the public sector organisation award.

Award for voluntary sector

Apply online for the voluntary sector award.

Award for educational establishment

Apply online for the educational establishment award.

Award for best workplace health initiative

This award is open to nominations from businesses for the best health and well-being initiative. The panel will be looking for initiatives that have made a real difference and have been sustainable in the long-term. This could be an initiative that has been introduced with successful outcomes, such as those that have encouraged staff to become more physically active or eat healthier. It could also be the introduction of a new way of working that has led to reduced sickness absence, such as the introduction of return to work interviews or sickness absence triggers.

Apply online for the best workplace health initiative.

Workplace health champion award

Nominations from businesses for health champions that have gone the extra mile – such as ideas they have introduced and researched, consultation with staff, setting up initiatives, liaising with management and providing signposting for staff.

Apply online for the Workplace health champion award.