Employment and skills organisation Seetec has received a national award for promoting health and wellbeing at work.

Seetec achieved the Investors in People (IIP) Good Practice award for the positive way it handles the physical, psychological and social health needs of its staff.

Seetec, which employs 1,250 people across the UK and Ireland, already holds the Investors in People Gold standard award, a distinction held by fewer than 600 companies worldwide.

The IIP Health and Wellbeing award recognises the impact of mental health issues and workplace absences on businesses, and shines a light on the effectiveness of management practice, culture and support services in promoting staff wellbeing.

Managing Director of Seetec, John Baumback, said, ‘This award demonstrates our commitment to ensuring that Seetec is a great place to work, and that the happiness and health of the team is of paramount importance.’

Following an external assessment in December, involving interviews with staff from across many of Seetec’s different centres and workplaces, Seetec was judged to meet all 15 requirements of the award.

These included clear vision and strategic planning, supportive management and culture, review and continuous improvement.

Samantha Rope, Group HR Director said, ‘The achievement of the IIP Health & Wellbeing Good Practice Award demonstrates Seetec’s commitment to its people. Having a supportive culture pays off. We are investing in effective employee health and wellbeing knowing it will encourage innovation, growth and sustained performance by unlocking the potential of our people.’

The Health and Wellbeing award is a national standard developed in partnership with leading experts, high performing organisations and employees, and reflects the latest workplace trends with physical, psychological and social wellbeing at its heart.

The assessment highlighted Seetec’s strengths in obtaining staff feedback, including through its annual staff survey and its Employee Forum, enabling it to provide health and wellbeing facilities and support based on employee needs. Staff highlighted the opportunity to discuss solutions for work-life balance as well as a strong supportive team spirit. Employees also felt involved in decision-making and that they had control over their day to day activities.

With an office in Manchester that hosts regular (and successful) job fairs for its customers, Seetec is actively working within the North West. It is also currently involved in the extensive refurbishment of the old BBC Playhouse in Hulme, amongst many other projects.

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