A healthy workforce for MetroMail

A healthy workforce for MetroMail

A North East mailing house has held its first ever health roadshow for its workforce.

Metromail held the Health and Wellbeing Roadshow at its Seaham premises, as part of the North East Better Health at Work Award.

A string of health-related companies packed into Metromail with representatives from each speaking to workers on a range of topics.

Debbie Charlton, Metromail’s performance evaluation manager, said: “Staff health and wellbeing is a big part of what we’re about here at Metromail because a healthy and happy workforce is a more productive and functioning workforce.

“We wanted our staff to take half-an-hour or an hour out of their working day at the roadshow to look at any health issues which may be a concern to them, and also to pck up tips on how they can be a healthier version of themselves.

She added: “We had a great response from staff, with dozens of them taking the opportunity to have a look around and chat with the different representatives.”

The activities which have helped Metromail scoop a silver award include a weight-loss programme, handing out free fruit on Mondays, and over 40 per cent of the workforce taking part in a cycle to work scheme. Mental health and suicide assistance courses were also undertaken by some members of staff.

The award is part of a regional scheme which recognises employers that motivate workers in developing a culture of health and wellbeing, and is a partnership between the NHS and local businesses open to all organisations regardless of business size or sector.