Commitment to Healthy Staff

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City Hall celebrates Russell King Associates who show commitment to healthy staff

Businesses in London that show outstanding dedication to the health and wellbeing of their staff have been recognised in a special ceremony at City Hall.  

Over 65 businesses and organisations from across the capital including Russell King Associates, were awarded for their commitment and investment in employee welfare through the London Healthy Workplace Charter, which is supported by the Mayor of London.

27.3 million working days are lost each year in London due to sickness absence or injury and an estimated 914,300 adults of working age in the capital are affected by mental health issues such as anxiety and depression, with £10.4 billion lost each year to businesses.

The London Healthy Workplace Charter helps organisations address some of the biggest challenges businesses face, including recruitment and staff retention, sickness absence and employee productivity. Organisations are encouraged to address those challenges by developing 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.

Kaan Azmi, Lisa Rex and Janet Gomes from Russell King Associates were presented with the award by Stephen Bevan, Head of HR Research Development, Institute for Employment Studies.

Kaan Azmi, Managing Director of Russell King Associates, said: “As our business is all about recruitment we felt it was imperative to be part of the Healthy Workplace Charter. Not only do we want to develop our wellbeing and promote healthy eating we wanted to show our candidates and clients how being part of the charter can make an impact within their workplace. We are proud to be awarded with such an accreditation and will continue striving for ways to improve our workplace.”

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. 

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 fulfill their potential.