Getting staff in trim for success

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BUSINESSES are being urged to invest in their biggest assets: their staff!

And Wigan employer HJ Heinz will be the role model at a special event hosted at Leigh Sports Village next month.

The interactive workshop will explain to bosses the case for “workplace wellbeing.”

They can also find out what support is available from local public health services and Wigan Council and will be given the practical insight into how Kitt Green-based Heinz has led the field in promoting staff health and wellbeing as part of its Full of Beans initiative.

The event will be chaired by Wigan Chamber President Miranda Barker and speakers include Wigan Council and Ashton, Leigh and Wigan Primary Care Trust chief executive Joyce Redfearn; Wigan’s public health director Dr Kate Ardern; Heather Hardisty and Ann Cheetham from occupational health at Heinz; and Wigan Warriors community foundation manager Mike Watson.

The free workshop will be held at the Maypole Suite at Wigan and Leigh Disability Partnership within the sports village on Wednesday, April 6 between 11am and 2pm.

Chamber organisers point to the fact that 172 million days are lost each year due to sickness absence costing £13bn.

It says the event will help businesses to boost producivity, reduce absenteeism and improve the bottom line.

A spokesman added: “Employees are a business’s greatest asset and a healthier workforce is a happier, more productive workforce. So promoting health and wellbeing in the workplace makes business sense.”

Bookings can be made before April 4 by e-mailing