A manufacturing firm from Sunderland has scooped an accolade for looking after its staff.
Haskel Europe won a silver NHS North East Better Health at Work Award for the quality of its health and wellbeing schemes for employees.
The company, which designs and makes high pressure pumps, valves and process equipment for use in the oil and gas, and defence and energy sectors, set up a wellness programme after conducting a staff survey about which health topics were of the most interest.
Quality manager Dave Angus, and HR manager Nicola Miller, then organised a series of sessions with employees which focused on themes including stress management, smoking cessation and alcohol awareness.
This had a hugely positive impact on employees at Haskel Europe, where sickness levels were only 0.3% last year.
Haskel also employed an occupational health nurse to ensure the ongoing care of staff.
HR manager Nicola Miller said: “The programme was great in helping to engage so many of our staff in thinking about their lifestyles and taking steps to live healthily. We’re delighted that the moves we made to help our staff enjoy healthy, active lifestyles has resulted in a silver award.
“The impact of the programme has been noticed across the company. Over 65% of our staff took part in the wellness sessions, and some presentations were so popular they were repeated.”