Admiral achieves healthy Gold Standard for staff wellbeing

Local employer Admiral Group has been recognised by the Welsh government for the high standard of health and wellbeing of its staff, through the Gold Corporate Health Standard award.

Run by the Welsh Government through Healthy Working Wales, the Corporate Health Standard (CHS) is the quality mark for workplace health promotion in Wales. The Standard recognises good practice and targets key preventable ill-health issues and the Health Challenge Wales priorities.

Admiral achieved the Gold standard in 2014, which came as a surprise, as they had been aiming for Silver. The reason they achieved Gold in 2014 was because the independent assessors were so impressed by the processes they had in place for driving success through their health and wellbeing. Three years later and they have continued to maintain these high standards across all their sites in Cardiff, Swansea and Newport.

Independent assessor, Emma George, visited Admiral’s headquarters in Cardiff as part of the assessment. She commented, “Clearly, Admiral Group is an organisation with its people at its core, and the commitment to and investment in the wellbeing of staff is sector leading. This was a fantastic revalidation assessment - Admiral is a truly inspirational workplace.”

Admiral’s People Services Manager Ceri Assiratti said, “The health and wellbeing of our staff is of paramount importance to us. We were absolutely delighted to retain the Gold Corporate Health Standard, as it shows that the schemes we have in place are effective and that we’re looking after our staff successfully. We never get tired of promoting health and wellbeing in our offices.”

Admiral has a Ministry of Health, tasked with maintaining and promoting a high quality of health and wellbeing in the workplace. During 2016, they’ve worked with, amongst others, Stop Smoking Wales, NHS Direct, Sing and Inspire and Stress in the Workplace. They also promote Admiral’s free fruit programme, free gym passes, and health challenges, which hundreds of staff get involved with every week.