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Most of us strive to maintain a healthy lifestyle and we are able to access many resources to help us maintain a healthy working life whilst at work.

Did you know?

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Healthier laptop - image

  • West Lothian Council has had a Healthy Working Lives Gold Award since 2007. 
  • We focus on promoting themes such as healthy eating, physical activity, good mental health and smoking cessation.
  • The council has an Employee Health and Wellbeing Framework to facilitate the delivery of our HR MyToolkit
  • Every council service has a Health and Wellbeing Action Plan
  • The Healthy Working Lives (HWL) Steering Group has representatives from all council services and reports through the HR Programme Board.
  • We have contracted a specialist occupational health provider to ensure employee health issues are managed effectively.
  • We have several policies relating to family care and flexible working to support employees in managing their work life balance.

Your opportunities

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Healthier - OT - image

  • You have access to free counselling services to which you can self-refer.
  • There are free training opportunities offered through corporate programme on topics such as stress management, assertiveness, personal safety, etc.
  • There are weekly opportunities provided for you in relation to Mindfulness, Weigh 2 Go and subsidised exercise classes.
  • The Health Improvement Team in Social Policy offer training opportunities to all West Lothian residents.
  • The council offers Employee Benefits such as discounts on Xcite West Lothian and Cycle to work scheme, as well as a wide range of other local and national discounts.
  • Employee Health Weeks offer a number of free or subsidised events at least twice a year to employees.

What can you do?

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Healthier - cycle - image

  • Attend the free employee health events offered by the council. They are publicised in Inside News.
  • Be aware of the availability of health promotion advice, guidance and information which can be provided through HR also during employee health weeks.
  • Take advantage of employee benefits such as discounted gym memberships and access to bicycles. Click here for more information.
  • If appropriate contact the council's occupational health services for advice and access to free physiotherapy and counselling services.
  • Share ideas for promoting health and wellbeing in the workplace with colleagues and with your service representative on the HWL Steering Group. 

Useful links

The facts

  • 131 million days were lost due to sickness absences in the UK in 2013 (Source: 2014 Office of National Statistics).
  • Minor illnesses were the most common reason given for sickness absence but more days were lost to back, neck and muscle pain than any other cause. Source: 2014 Office of National Statistics.
  • A new online tool is being launched this month (April) to aid managers in managing their sickness absence cases and provide support to employees during periods of illness.