Britain’s healthiest places to work revealed

May 15, 2022, Brazil. In this photo illustration the Novo Nordisk A/S logo seen displayed on a smartphone

Nomura, Novo Nordisk and OpenCredo have been named by Vitality’s Britain’s Healthiest Workplace (BHW) 2022 survey as the healthiest places to work in Britain.  

The global investment banking company, pharmaceutical company and software development consultancy were awarded first place in the large, medium and small-sized company divisions, respectively. Nomura has previously won the large-sized company five times over the last decade.  

A picture of health

The annual Vitality Britain’s Healthiest Workplace study has been developed by next generation insurer, Vitality, in partnership with Rand Europe, Aon, the University of Cambridge and the Financial Times.

It enables companies to build a picture of the health and wellbeing of their employees, identify issues specific to their workforce, and be confident in implementing effective strategies to improve the health and wellbeing of their employees.  

This year’s survey has been adapted to recognise the new workplace environment where hybrid working is increasingly commonplace. The revamped survey now covers stress management, the impact of COVID-19 on a workforce, diversity and inclusion, and social and community, and the option for businesses to include modules on financial wellbeing and women’s and men’s health. 

Winning strategies

Using the data from the survey, Vitality calculates a score for every organisation based on several areas including work environment and culture, employee health and business outcomes such as productivity. The organisations with the highest scores are deemed the winner within their own category. 

By taking part, employers will also receive a personalised report with recommendations that are specific to their business, including feedback from their employees. Using the results of targeted question-sets, the report will provide employers with insight into their employee’s lifestyle, physical and mental health, and an understanding of how the pandemic has impacted them. It enables businesses to assess the impact its culture and environment has on the health and wellbeing of its workforce and how this in turn affects engagement and productivity. 

Neville Koopowitz, CEO of Vitality, said:

The pandemic has been a catalyst for change in the workplace, with employee health and wellbeing quickly rising on the agenda for employees and employers alike. 

“It’s why we have continued to run our study, Vitality’s Britain’s Healthiest Workplace, over the last decade, providing employers with a unique perspective and the information they need to directly influence and support their employees’ health and wellbeing. We know first-hand how important data can be in creating a tailored, targeted and informed strategy that can bring about meaningful change across their workforce.  

“A huge congratulations to Nomura, Novo Nordisk and OpenCredo, who have won this year’s awards for Britain’s Healthiest Workplace. Each of them is an inspiration, demonstrating how companies can support their employees to live longer and healthier lives.” 

Colin Barnes, Director, UK Health Solutions at Aon, said:

“Well done to the winners – it’s very encouraging to see more and more firms putting the health and wellbeing of their employees so firmly on their respective agendas. We know from our own research, and from our work with clients such as Novo, that a healthy workforce is critical to a business’s productivity, as well as its ability to be resilient in the face of the unexpected.  

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“Our partnership with Vitality also reinforces Aon’s strongly held view that using data to inform your strategy is critical to success. This has clearly been demonstrated by the winners who have been able to focus on specific areas of their employees’ wellbeing.” 

Geoff Goodman, Head of Human Resources at Nomura, commented:

We are very proud to be part of Britain’s Healthiest Workplace over the last eight years. These surveys have helped us shape the way we offer health and wellbeing to our workforce and by analysing the health risk data of our employees, we are able to measure our outcomes and offer the best wellbeing solutions. In return, we get a motivated and healthy workforce with low levels of absenteeism and presenteeism. The message to our employees is that this is a long-term relationship, and in any long-term relationship you have to invest in the people, build them up, and prioritise personal wellbeing development.” 

Antonio Marin-Blazquez, Senior Director, People & Organisation at Novo Nordisk, commented:

“We are very pleased, grateful and proud to be the winners of the Britain’s Healthiest Workplace award. It has been a real team effort and shows how we have come together throughout the last two years. The insights our employees have voluntarily provided have been very helpful in giving us a better understanding of what really matters to them. Everyone that works in Novo Nordisk knows how important the health of our employees is for the culture of our company, so seeing our name at the top is great and confirms we are doing the right things.” 

 Nicki Watt, CEO and CTO at OpenCredo, said:

We are absolutely thrilled to have been awarded first place for small businesses in Britain’s Healthiest Workplace! People are the lifeblood of OpenCredo, so it is vitally important to us that they are healthy, happy, and thriving. We are constantly working to adapt and create a workplace that is special for our people, and we’re especially grateful to the judges for recognising the hard work our team continues to do to put people at the heart of what we do.” 

You can read more about the survey, as well as this and previous years’ winners here.

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