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GLL, the Social Enterprise which operates leisure Centres in Barnet, under customer facing brand Better, was presented with an award for its ongoing commitment to employee welfare, through the London Healthy Workplace Charter, a Mayor of London backed programme.

The awards evening saw 65 businesses acknowledged for their commitment to the health and wellbeing of their workforces. GLL’s London West Regional Director Simon Sen and Regional Health Manager Rhiannon Morgan (pictured) collected the award on behalf GLL’s Barnet partnership, which was presented by Laura Tenison of JoJo Maman Bebe.

The award acknowledges that employers are increasingly recognising the link between healthy, happy employees and a more productive workforce. Figures show that 27.3m days are lost each year due to sickness absence or injury[i] and an estimated 914,300 adults of working age in London are affected by a common mental disorder such as anxiety and depression, with £10.4 billion lost each year to London business and industry.[ii]
The London Healthy Workplace Charter helps organisations address these challenges by encouraging them to improve and develop wellbeing programmes across a wide range of areas, including support for mental health and wellbeing, smoking, alcohol and substance misuse, improving physical activity and promoting healthy eating.

Regional Director, Simon Sen said: “We are delighted to have been awarded this accreditation from the London Healthy Workplace Charter. We are committed to the health and wellbeing of our employees and incredibly proud to have that recognised. Having recently had our operating contract extended in Barnet, this is more great news to share with the local community. We strongly feel that staff wellbeing is core to running a successful and productive organisation, which is why I would encourage other businesses to find out how to sign up to the London Healthy Workplace Charter.”
The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, said: “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.”

The Mayor of London is committed to ensuring employers across the capital are provided with clear and easy guidance on how to improve their workplaces to enable their staff to flourish. Every organisation that signs up to the Charter is matched to a local borough lead who provides assistance with applying for accreditation. Employers who are interested in signing up to the Charter can find out more at www.london.gov.uk/healthyworkplace

The Mayor's Good Work Standard will also support employers to adopt the very best employment standards as well as promoting flexible working cultures that enable workers to progress and fulfil their potential.