Hughes becomes certified as Healthy Place to Work.

We’re the first NI organisation certified as a ‘Healthy Place to Work’

That’s right, Hughes Insurance has become the first company in Northern Ireland to achieve the Healthy Place to Work certification. The Healthy Place to work scheme was launched at the beginning of the year as the global standard for workplace health certification.

To be certified, our employees had to complete a robust survey covering four pillars – purpose, mental resilience, connection and physical health. Following this, we then received detailed feedback on our strengths and weaknesses, along with recommended paths to improvement, and we have now become certified by actioning these insights.

John Ryan, CEO and founder of Healthy Place to Work, said: “I am delighted that Hughes Insurance has gone through our process and have officially become a Healthy Place to Work. The last year has put the spotlight on the need for a healthy workforce, both physically and mentally, and in order for business leaders to understand the health of their companies, a strategic approach needs to be applied. Healthy Place to Work provides this approach and enables organisations to move the dial on employee health to improve performance, and help the economy recover from the impacts of the past year.”

Sarah Balmforth, Head of Human Resources, Hughes Insurance, said: “I am extremely proud that Hughes Insurance is the first organisation in Northern Ireland to become a Healthy Place to Work. The health of our employees is our number one priority and the amount of data we received from the process was insightful and detailed, allowing us to clearly measure the impact of any staff-focused initiatives.

“We are currently in the process of running focus groups with employees to delve deeper into the areas that we identified as development opportunities. We will then use this to update our health and wellbeing strategy. The advice and guidance we have received has been second to none and I am confident that the wellbeing of our employees will increase as a result of going through this process.”

Information about Healthy Place to Work can be found at www.healthyplacetowork.com

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