A new report from Developing Healthy Communities lays out the case for supporting wellbeing in workplaces in Derry City & Strabane. The 'Working on wellbeing' report draws on the World Health Organisations Healthy Workplace Framework and Model and includes two case studies featuring local organisations.

The WHO Model notes that “employment is usually the main means of obtaining adequate economic resources for material well-being and full participation in society, and is often central to individual identity and social status.”

Key insights

  • Prioritising employee health and wellbeing pays off for enterprises and for individuals
  • SMEs have the edge at integrating wellbeing into their operations but may lack the expertise to design effective interventions
  • Larger organisations can reap bigger benefits when they look beyond their employees to the wider community
  • We used our expertise and contacts to demonstrate the wealth of wellbeing opportunities available locally with two deserving teams who stepped up to the plate during the pandemic
  • Our city and district has a growing and innovative wellbeing sector – if we want this expertise to survive and thrive in order to benefit employees and citizens, we need to promote and support these local enterprises

Download the full report

At Developing Healthy Communities we manage Derry City & Strabane’s membership of the WHO Healthy Cities Programme. We also have over decade of experience supporting health and wellbeing in workplaces through our Health@Work NI project. In January we will launch Team Health, a social enterprise from our workplace health experts that analyses an organisations health and wellbeing needs and pairs them up with perfectly matched experiences and providers. 

Health@Work Project Manager Sabrina Moore says: “We’ve known for a long time that workplaces play a massive role in individual health and wellbeing but Covid has brought that fact home like never before. We wanted to treat two teams who have worked flat out during the first stages of the pandemic but we also wanted to demonstrate that when workplaces take care of their employees’ health and wellbeing it pays off for everybody.”