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Here’s to good health! Maryhill Housing embraces Healthy Working Lives

Maryhill Housing is putting a firm focus on healthy working lives. The association has held its first ever “Healthy Working Lives” event to learn about the benefits of a healthier workforce.

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Organised by the association’s Human Resources department, the aim of the "Healthy Working Lives" scheme is to promote health and wellbeing in the workplace.

Now the Association is striving for its bronze accreditation from the NHS-led scheme.

The Healthy Working Lives Greater Glasgow and Clyde team exists to help employers create a safer, healthier and more motivated workforce, generating improvements in staff retention, attendance and productivity. The team claims that looking after staff can result in improvements in health, morale and a reduction in accidents and sickness absence.

The Maryhill event focused on healthy eating, highlighted the dangers of sugary drinks and fatty snacks and offered people the chance to take more exercise including joining the association’s own football team. Delicious free smoothies were handed out – produced by pedal power on a “smoothie-producing” bike. The faster people pedalled, the quicker the smoothies were produced. The association has now created a working group of staff who can drive forward the healthy agenda.

Marie Murphy from Maryhill’s Human Resources team said:

“It was a fun event with a serious message about healthy living. And we were delighted with the number of staff who came along to learn more.

“We received great help in putting it all together from Healthy Working Lives Greater Glasgow and Clyde. They firmly believe there are very strong arguments for using the workplace for learning more about health and wellbeing.

“We spend much of our lives at work and the benefits of addressing health issues are very great indeed.”

A Healthy Working Lives Greater Glasgow and Clyde spokesperson said:

“It's simple. Work-related ill health is not good for the individual, their family, their employer, the NHS or the local community.

“As part of the NHS, we not only help and support people when they become ill but we also prevent and reduce the risk of employees becoming ill in the first place.

“Our team firmly believes that actively promoting health and wellbeing in the workplace is an extremely positive business initiative which is both rewarding for individuals and the organisational culture and reputation.”