Following the publication today of the England Mortality Map by Public Health England, Paul Winter Chief Executive of Ipswich Building Society and Chair of the BITC (Business in the Community) Business Action on Public Health group, has urged businesses, small and large to be proactive in addressing the health and well being of their employees.
Paul Winter said: "The days where an employer's responsibility for its employees was to tick the health and safety box alone have disappeared. In today's environment of economic downturn it has never been more important for businesses to closely look after their people. Having a healthy and happy workforce increases productivity and boosts quality and service levels. These are essential for any business to be efficient, effective and ensure positive stand out in the market place."
Ipswich Building Society has seen its savings balances, mortgage lending and profitability all increase since the inception of its health and well being programme. Its work in this has also been recognised, winning the 2012 'Staying Healthy at Work' award at the BITC East of England awards.
Paul Winter continued: "The England Mortality Map shows that almost all the worst performing areas were in the most deprived places. However, examples such as Rotherham, where there was a better outcome than areas considered more affluent, shows that where positive action is taken this trend can be bucked. By local authorities, businesses and the education sector working together, public health issues can be addressed and ensure a longer life for all, no matter where you live."