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 2019

The Be Well@Work annual awards recognise business achievements in improving employee health and well-being in the workplace. This year the awards will be combined with the Best Bar None awards, with Barnsley businesses being invited to apply in the categories below. 

There are five categories of award; if you'd like to apply you'll need to fill in the application form for each category you'd like to enter.

You'll need to email us your completed applications by the closing date of Wednesday 31 July 2019.

A panel will create a shortlist for each category, with shortlisted businesses being invited to attend the awards ceremony on 2 October 2019.

Awards categories

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 introduction of return to work interviews or sickness absence triggers.

To apply for the award for best workplace health initiative fill in our application form.

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 sign posting for staff.

To apply for the award for workplace health champion fill in our application form.

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.

To apply for the award for small Barnsley business fill in our application form.

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.

To apply for the award for small Barnsley business fill in our application form.

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.

To apply for the award for small Barnsley business fill in our application form.