We have collated a vast range of information and guidance for businesses and organisations wanting to improve their in-work health and wellbeing credentials. We will check and update these links and on an ongoing basis, but do please let us know if you spot any that are no longer operational.

Improving your workplace along the following themes is a way to win official accreditation under the London Healthy Workplace Charter, but taking action on workplace health is a no-brainer whatever your motivation. Research shows that healthier workers are happier, more productive and less likely to leave: a win-win from an employer’s point of view!

Click on the following links to find resources that will help your business or organisation improve its healthy workplace credentials in the relevant area:

HEALTHY WORKPLACE BENEFITS: reasons why a healthier workforce benefits your whole organisation

CORPORATE SUPPORT: including bullying, whistleblowing, appraisals, measuring staff satisfaction

ATTENDANCE MANAGEMENT: absenteeism, returns to work, bereavement, sickness

HEALTH AND SAFETY: training, guidance

MENTAL HEALTH: including stress and depression, volunterring

SMOKING AND TOBACCO: including e-cigarettes, cessation services and support

PHYSICAL ACTIVITY: encouraging greater activity within and outside the workplace, cycling schemes, challenge events

HEALTHY EATING: hygiene advice, supporting healthier eating and catering choices

ALCOHOL AND SUBSTANCE MISUSE: dealing with alcohol and drugs issues in the workplace


Dept for Work and Pensions: Building the Case for Wellness: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/work-health-and-wellbeing-building-the-case-for-wellness

Mental Health Promotion and Prevention: The Economic Case: http://www.lse.ac.uk/businessAndConsultancy/LSEEnterprise/pdf/PSSRUfeb2011.pdf

London’s Business Case for Health and Wellbeing: http://www.london.gov.uk/sites/default/files/GLA%20economics%20London%27s%20business%20case%20for%20workplace%20health%202012.pdf

Workplace Wellbeing Charter: how it works in practice: http://www.personneltoday.com/hr/workplace-wellbeing-charter-standard-health/?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter

Wellness in the Workplace: how health intiatives can boost productivity: http://www.theguardian.com/small-business-network/2015/aug/28/wellness-workplace-health-initiatives-boost-staff-productivity?CMP=new_1194&CMP

Acas: why a healthy workplace matters: http://bit.ly/1IMQ0za

UnionLearn: the business case for a healthy workplace: https://www.unionlearn.org.uk/sites/default/files/Health,%20work%20and%20well-being%20toolkit.pdf



Happy People Ltd: A free staff survey tool to find out how happy your staff are: http://bit.ly/17gLXO2

Surveymonkey offer feedback templates to gauge to staff satisfaction: http://svy.mk/1D21bSN

Acas – information for employers on equality and discrimination within the workplace: http://bit.ly/1FSvPhL

Also see: http://bit.ly/1E09HSv

Guidance on the Equality Act 2010 for small businesses: http://bit.ly/1MbZRin

NICE advice on how to promote leadership that supports the health and wellbeing of employees: http://www.nice.org.uk/guidance/ ng13

Employee engagement: research-based resources from the Chartered Institute of Personnel Development: http://www.cipd.co.uk/hr-resources/factsheets/employee-engagement.aspx

British Heart Foundation: promoting health in the workplace: https://www.bhf.org.uk/health-at-work

Managing staff: free Acas appraisals documents and templates: http://bit.ly/1EZ3rIL

Performance appraisal guidance from the Chartered Institute for Personnel Development: http://www.cipd.co.uk/hr-resources/factsheets/performance-appraisal.aspx

HSE line manager toolkit: allows managers to check their management style and effectiveness: http://www.hse.gov.uk/stress/mcit.htm

Bullying and harassment at work advice for employers: https://www.gov.uk/workplacebullying-and-harassment

Acas guide to flexible working, how to respond to requests, and a homeworking guide: http://www.acas.org.uk/flexibleworking

Government guide to whistleblowing: https://www.gov.uk/whistleblowing/ overview

Acas guide to dealing with discipline and grievances at work: http://www.acas.org.uk/index.aspx?articleid=2179

The living wage: how to become an accredited employer: http://www.livingwage.org.uk/



HSE guidance on managing sickness absence and return to work: http://www.hse.gov.uk/sicknessabsence/index.htm

HSE managing sickness absence and return to work in small businesses. Short fact sheet: http://bit.ly/1DYd7X5

Acas advisory booklet on managing attendance and employee turnover: http://bit.ly/1zZlqjH

Fit for Work service: Government-funded initiative designed to support people in work with health conditions and help with sickness absence. Includes an advice hub for employers: http://fitforwork.org/

Fit note guidance for employers and line managers: what to do if an employee gives you a fit note and how to use it to most effectively help your organisation: http://bit.ly/1zijDCA

NICE evidence-based guidance on managing long-term sickness and incapacity for work: http://www.nice.org.uk/ guidance/ph19

Downloadable HSE return to work questionnaire: http://www.hse.gov.uk/stress/pdfs/ returntowork.pdf

Workplace adjustments to facilitate return to work: http://www.hse.gov.uk/sicknessabsence/reasonableadjustments.htm

Information for small businesses supporting employees affected by cancer: www.macmillan.org.uk/employertool

How to respond when an employee has been bereaved: http://bit.ly/1BYkTwi

Employer’s bereavement toolkit: http://bit.ly/1MHLuUM



Scottish Healthy Working Lives website: details of health and safety legislation that applies to all employers and workplaces: http://bit.ly/1rxHLfo

HSE guidance on required training for staff in health and safety matters: http://bit.ly/1DhbZid

HSE risk assessment advice for small and medium-sized businesses: http://www.hse.gov.uk/Risk/ casestudies/index.htm

Operational guidance for workplace health and safety committees: http://www.hse.gov.uk/involvement/whatwillhsdo.htm



Time to change: England’s biggest programme on challenging mental health stigma and discrimination: http://bit.ly/1cds063

HSEmanagement standards: identify and address work-based stress issues: http://bit.ly/1Jmvt8K

NICE evidence-based guidance on promoting mental wellbeing at work: http://bit.ly/18AIAlx

How to promote mental wellbeing at work, for small and medium-sized businesses: http://www.nice.org.uk/guidance/ph22/resources/advice-for-small-and-mediumsized-businesses-67277917

Guidance for line managers on supporting staff with mental health issues: http://mhfaengland.org/workplace/line-managers-resource/

Guidance for employers: how to tackle work-related stress: http://www.hse.gov.uk/pubns/indg430.pdf

Acas advice on what to do if you think you’re suffering from stress: http://bit.ly/1G3EyBd

New Economics Foundation: five simple evidence-based ways to improve the wellbeing of your staff: http://bit.ly/1cHWdOT

Mental Health Foundation: Ten practical ways to care of your mental health and wellbeing: http://bit.ly/1akp22X

Volunteering opportunities via Team London: https://www.london.gov.uk/what-we-do/volunteering



Free downloadable smoke-free policy template: http://bit.ly/1zZrGYR

No smoking sign regulations: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/change-to-no-smoking-signsregulations

E-cigarette policies: advice for employers from Action on Smoking and Health: http://bit.ly/1CAdl4K

Acas advice on use of e-cigarettes in the workplace:: http://bit.ly/1bNb4Lg

Smoking cessation advice and guidance for employers: http://www.nice.org. uk/guidance/ph5

NHS smokefree: http://bit.ly/19mAdEN

Smokefree national helpline: 0300 123 1044

National No Smoking Day: https://nosmokingday.org.uk/

Action on Smoking and Health (ASH) http://bit.ly/1FSSjzq

Wondering what smoking breaks cost YOUR business? Check out the overall cost to the public purse of smoking in your ward…

Free local advice and support to quit smoking: https://www.live-well.org.uk/merton/health/i-want-to-stop-smoking.aspx



British Heart Foundation: ideas and challenges on keeping active at work: http://bit.ly/17bdrF3

NICE guidance on promoting physical activity in the workplace: http://www.nice.org.uk/guidance/ph13

Get your team involved in physical activity challenges through Workplace Challenge: https://www.workplacechallenge.org.uk/

Living Streets’ Walking Works free resources to employers who would like to encourage their employees to walk more: www.walkingworks.org.uk

Information on Working Time Directive: http://www.hse.gov.uk/contact/ faqs/workingtimedirective.htm

Free TfL cycle safety seminars: book a free TfL Cycle Safety Seminar. Email cyclingworkplaces@tfl.gov.uk with the subject line ‘Healthy Workplace Charter’.

Cycling workplaces: services and goods to encourage your staff to cycle to work: https://businessoffers.tfl.gov.uk/?cid=cyclingworkplaces

NHS choices Livewell pages: Health and wellbeing information including the benefits of getting active, workouts and training plans: http://bit.ly/1hb3Npr

Encourage greater activity in your workplace by supporting staff to skip the lift and take the stairs: https://www.stepjockey.com/



Improve the food your organisation buys and serves: http://www.sustainweb.org/goodfoodpublicplate/

Change 4 Life eat well information: http://bit.ly/1v5ss6f

Official guidance notes for business on safety and hygiene legislation including the 2006 food hygiene legislation http://bit.ly/1L4PSfX

HSE kitchen hygiene advice: http://bit.ly/1CAIORP

Public Health England healthier and sustainable catering guidance: http://bit.ly/1fYl28q

Recommended actions for small and medium sized businesses to support customers and employees to make healthier food choices: http://bit.ly/18c88FP

Eatwell plate: http://www.nhs.uk/Livewell/Goodfood/Pages/eatwell-plate.aspx

NHS 12-week weight loss plan: http://bit.ly/1qf6OoD

Guidance on improving your diet, plus free weight control advice from LiveWell Merton: https://www.live-well.org.uk/merton/health/id-like-a-healthier-diet.aspx

Merton Healthier Catering Commitment for caterers, food outlets: http://www.merton.gov.uk/health-social-care/health/foodsafety/healthier_catering_commitment.htm

Merton Food Charter guidance on improving diet: http://www.merton.gov.uk/health-social-care/publichealth/mertonfoodcharter.htm

How much sugar is in your drink visual resources (posters etc):




Tackling alcohol and drugs in the workplace: a toolkit for businesses: http://tinyurl.com/nqep2me

HSE guidance on how to deal with workplace alcohol and drugs issues: http://bit.ly/1CAdGEo

A guide for employers on alcohol at work: http://www.hse.gov.uk/pubns/indg240.htm

Alcohol in the workplace, training for managers: http://www.alcoholhealthnetwork.org.uk/

Department of Health ‘Your drinking and you’ advice: http://bit.ly/1Av1rL