Chelsea FC first football club to be commended for dedication to healthy employees

Chelsea FC is the first football club to be recognised for its dedication to its employees by the London Healthy Workplace Charter.

The charter, backed by the Mayor of London, helps employers address issues such as sickness absence, productivity, recruitment and staff retention. It offers businesses a framework for reviewing and developing management practices and practical considerations across a wide range of areas, including mental health and wellbeing, smoking, alcohol, physical activity and healthy eating. The accreditation scheme is also a great way for businesses to show that employee health and wellbeing really matters to them.

The club was recently awarded ‘Achievement’ accreditation for its work to improve employee wellbeing, and follows on from being the first football club in the country to become a Living Wage employer in December 2014.

Chelsea FC Chairman Bruce Buck said: “We are very proud of our commitment to our employees and are delighted to become the first football club recognised by the London Healthy Workplace Charter.

“We have worked closely with Hammersmith & Fulham Council on this initiative and will continue to do everything we can to make working for Chelsea a positive and enjoyable experience for all our employees.

“Congratulations to Chelsea FC for achieving their London Healthy Workplace Charter accreditation,” said Cllr Wesley Harcourt, H&F Cabinet Member for Environment, Transport and Residents’ Services.

“We’re delighted to support the programme and it’s great to see one of the borough’s larger businesses investing in the health and wellbeing of its staff. We hope it encourages many more businesses, large and small, to follow.”

To find out more about Hammersmith & Fulham Council’s free support to local businesses seeking to improve employee wellbeing, email anna.brown@lbhf.gov.uk, call 07584 389 249 or go to www.lbhf.gov.uk/healthyworkplace.

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