Old Mutual named Britain's healthiest small company

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The winners of Britain's Healthiest Company have been announced, including Old Mutual which won as the healthiest small company.

The awards are open to companies with 50 or more employees, and are conducted by Vitality and Mercer in partnership.

The healthiest large company was Johnson & Johnson, while Adidas UK was the healthies medium sized company.

The winners are decided by a survey of employees and employers, with employees asked about their lifestyle, wellbeing and productivity among other criteria, while companies provide details of their corporate policies, practices and facilities among factors under consideration.

Old Mutual's employee assistance programme includes counselling on topics randing from housing and debt to care responsibilities and bereavement, with referrals to healthcare staff and confidential advice included.

The overall winners of Britain's Healthiest Company is based on combined scores for healthiest workplace and employees.

The awards were announced at a ceremony in London.

Neville Koopowitz, CEO at Vitality, said: "Britain's Healthiest Company provides a unique perspective as we are able to understand how the work environment directly impacts on employee health and productivity.

"What is clear is that companies which are concerned about employee wellbeing, and have a culture of health within the business, typically have healthier and more productive employees.

"Our research has also demonstrated the very significant role that modifiable risks play in employee productivity.

"One of the stand-out features of this year's survey has been the importance of sleep and the impact it has on both productivity loss and lifestyle behaviours.

"This all calls for employers to take a more active role in making their staff healthy.

"By investing in the health and wellbeing of staff, employers can rise to the productivity challenge in a more progressive, socially acceptable and relevant way for a service economy such as ours."

Chris Bailey, partner at Mercer, said: "This year's Britain's Healthiest Company shows that more employers than ever are investing in the health of their people.

Bailey added: "Maintaining good health is key to keeping the economy buoyant and staving off the impact of talent shortages and the ageing population.

"Those employers who are pro-active in this area continue to have a competitive advantage."

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