Ibec is helping companies in Ireland embrace corporate wellness through our KeepWell programme. This programme focuses on the key areas of workplace wellbeing ranging from leadership, mental health and absence management to physical activity and healthy eating. On joining the programme, organisation receive our framework of standards in all areas of workplace wellbeing, tools to benchmark your organisation's current performance and invitations to our KeepWell community events and clinics for best practice sharing and expert advice.
The process to get your organisation accredited with The KeepWell Mark includes self-assessment, action plans and evidence gathering, site visits, a full assessment report and award of accreditation.
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KeepWell is a programme for companies that want to make their employees' wellbeing a priority for their business. The programme helps them put a strategic focus on the key areas of workplace wellbeing ranging from leadership, mental health and absence management to physical activity and healthy eating. On joining the programme, your organisation receives our framework of standards in all areas of workplace wellbeing, tools to benchmark your organisation's current performance, invitations to our KeepWell community events and clinics for best practice sharing and expert advice.
The KeepWell Mark™, introduced by Ibec in 2017, is an evidence-based workplace wellbeing accreditation awarded to companies who have enrolled in the KeepWell programme and have successfully met the standards of the framework. The accreditation process includes a self-assessment, an onsite evaluation from independent assessors, and a report that outlines areas for improvement – allowing your business to chart its way to success. Successful organisations are awarded a certificate valid for two years and are listed on Ibec’s website as employers of choice.
The programme is for all employers who believe in the importance of health and prosperity in the workplace. We welcome registrations from public, private and voluntary organisations. Ibec members benefit from a preferential enrolment fee.
The eight areas of The KeepWell Mark™ are Leadership, Absence Management, Health and Safety, Mental Health, Smoke Free, Physical Activity, Healthy Eating and Intoxicants.
Your organisation will need to prepare an evidence portfolio for each area of The KeepWell Mark™. Evidence can be written polices, staff surveys, training records, information leaflets, emails, meeting minutes, posters and multimedia.
The accreditation involves visiting the workplace to:
1) Review the evidence portfolio.
2) Conduct interviews or small focus groups with staff from different departments and job roles about their experience of health, safety and wellbeing.
3) Tour the site to see further evidence of the implementation of health, safety and wellbeing activity.
4) Document the evidence compiled against the standards of The KeepWell Mark™.
This bit is up to you. The timeline differs, company to company, based on levels of preparedness. On average, the process usually takes between 3-4 months.
The KeepWell Mark™ accreditation is valid two years, pending a check-up mid cycle.
Your dedicated account manager will help you through the process and prepare you for your on-site assessment. They will provide you with key resources needed to meet the KeepWell standards, such as sample health, safety and wellness policies, checklists and guidance.
We also host regular clinics, company tours and information days to ensure our KeepWell community stays connected to each other and with the latest insights and best practice.
On accreditation, we will provide you with a communications and social media toolkit for you to share your achievement internally and externally.
We have many companies who were experiencing issues with managing absences, boosting physical activity and dealing with mental health in the workplace. By adopting the standards of the KeepWell Mark™ they were able to change their approach to wellbeing and introduce a variety of new schemes to support their staff and make a positive change.
Other companies benefit from having a clear and structured approach to workplace wellbeing that has a meaningful impact for every member of staff.
All companies benefit from enhancing their employer brand with the accreditation. The KeepWell Mark™ gives companies the opportunity to lead by example and become a driving force towards making their industries’ workplaces safer and healthier.
Since its launch, over 100 companies from every sector of the Irish economy has enrolled in the programme. We are seeing companies from the following sectors: Food & drink, technology, telecoms, bio pharma, financial services, construction, hospitality, retail, professional services and public sector (including third level institutions).
Check out our website for the full listing of accredited companies.
Testimonials / What our clients say
"The KeepWell Mark will help us keep the standard, focus on the Wellbeing Program and ensure that it is meeting the needs of our employees."
"We’re thrilled to be awarded The KeepWell Mark. Formal recognition of our wellbeing program underpins the top-down support that employee health and wellness is given here at Portwest."
“The KeepWell Mark has reassured us that we’re on the right path, has given us guidance on where we can improve and what we should focus on to drive our future health and wellbeing strategy.”
"Alkermes is proud to receive the KeepWell Mark. The post-assessment report shows that we're aligned with industry best practice and will help to guide our future wellbeing strategy."
"The KeepWell Mark provided the ideal vehicle for reviewing our strategy and leveraging off a broad community of employers innovating in this space. I would highly recommend the process."