The WellMan360° Charter
A sign of commitment to improving the health and well-being of men in the workplace
What is the WellMan360° Charter?
The charter represents a palpable demonstration of a company’s commitment to the health and well-being of its male employees.
Why is it only for male employees?
60,000 UK men of working age die prematurely every year at a rate one and a half times that of women. The causes are well known: heart disease, smoking, prostate cancer, diabetes to name but a few. Unfortunately men are notoriously slow to react to early warning signs of illness and rarely ever seek medical attention until something has actually gone wrong. Suicide is more common in men, as all forms of alcohol and substance abuse and it is widely accepted that depression and anxiety are under-diagnosed in men. Furthermore men, especially the middle aged, have shown little interest in actively seeking out healthy lifestyle or the resources available to achieve this.
Whilst there are numerous physical and mental health programmes devoted to women’s care, there are few equivalent services for men and UK men’s health statistics lag well behind both nationally and internationally.
Who has developed the Charter?
CHAPS is a charity dedicated to improving awareness and promoting better health services for men. The Charter aims to assist employers in ensuring their male employees are:
- Well informed on all male health and well-being issues.
- Have easy access in the workplace to health and well-being information and resources.
- Are aware of and feel confident in accessing any relevant employer’s health related services.
- Receive regular updates and signposting to relevant services on male health and well-being news, research updates and new services / initiatives.
Why should you take part?
Committing to the WellMan360° Charter clearly shows your employees, customers and clients that you have a strong corporate social responsibility and value the health and well-being of our employees.
131 million days were lost due to sickness absence in the UK in 2013. Working-age ill health costs the national economy £100 billion a year and employers face a bill of around £9 billion for sick pay and associated costs. Poor health is one of the main causes for premature retirement and severe skill shortages are already apparent in many industries. A stress free healthy workforce will result in reduced sickness absence, higher staff retention, increased productivity and improved morale with obvious benefits for employers.