HISC Greenwich Awarded London Healthy Workplace Award
Home Instead Greenwich and Bexley, a CQC outstanding rated company that delivers care to clients in their own homes, has been recognised for showing outstanding dedication to the health and wellbeing of their staff with a London Healthy Workplace Award.
The London Healthy Workplace Award is a pan-London framework that supports and recognises investment in staff health and wellbeing, partnering local public health resource with employers.
Home Instead Greenwich is the only care company to have earned the accreditation and is one of over 300 organisations that have met the standards to date. The verifiers were particularly impressed with Home Instead’s clear leadership for health and wellbeing, strategic approach based on identifying needs, communication methods, and for having a good stress and wellbeing policy in place.
Fatta and Sonia Thapa, owners of Home Instead Greenwich said, “Receiving the Healthy Workplace Award reassures us that we’re on the right track in creating a working environment where health and wellbeing are key pillars of our employee retention strategy. We ensure that caregivers know their value and worth by recognising and appreciating their hard work and for making a difference.”
Over lockdown, caregivers were surprised with pamper packs on their doorsteps which helped boost morale. One caregiver said, “Thank you so much. It was a lovely gesture and such a surprise,” and another said, “Thank you. I feel appreciated.”
Fatta continued, “This award has come at such an important time as there has been so much uncertainty over the past few months due to the coronavirus pandemic. This recognition has given our staff reassurance that we are doing the right thing.”
Home Instead have many initiatives which support employees’ health and wellbeing. Earlier this month, they launched of a fitness challenge, which includes weekly (virtual) fitness sessions delivered by an experienced instructor, who has a passion for supporting people to improve their physical and mental wellbeing through physical activity and good nutrition.
All employees of Home Instead are encouraged to contribute to the decision-making via the yearly satisfaction survey and at the quarterly meetings. Employees are provided with support visits, supervision sessions every 3 months, and yearly appraisals. A senior staff member is always on 24-hours support and can be reached on the on-call phone number.
The Head of Health from Directorate of Communities and Skills, Vicky Hobart said of Home Instead: “In gaining the Award, you are one of over 300 organisations that have met the standards to date. Your hard work is helping to improve the health of Londoners and showcase the criteria as a valuable framework for other employers to invest in staff health and wellbeing.”
Home Instead Greenwich & Bexley’s own registered charity, Skills & Care Greenwich has also received a Queen’s Award in 2019 for Voluntary Services (QAVS), the highest award a voluntary group can receive in the UK. Sonia Thapa heads the charity, that predominantly works with older people within marginalised communities in the Royal Borough of Greenwich and surrounding area.
For more information about Home Instead, visit: https://www.homeinstead.co.uk/greenwich-bexley, or call 0203 463 0072.