By Daniel Hunter

Johnson & Johnson, Adidas UK and Old Mutual have been named the healthiest companies in the UK at the Britain's Healthiest Company awards.

Johnson & Johnson beat Nomura and Morgan Stanley to the top spot in the large business category. Adidas was victorious in the mid-sized business category and Old Mutual in the small business category.

Britain’s Healthiest Company surveys both employers and employees to understand how employee health and wellbeing impacts on productivity and company profits.

Employees are asked questions about their lifestyle behaviours, general health, mental wellbeing, and hard and soft productivity measures. Companies provide a broad view of leadership and cultural aspects, and corporate policies, practices and facilities that could directly impact on employee health. The results of the two surveys are then considered together to understand how corporate actions are impacting on employee health and productivity.

Britain’s Healthiest Company recognises excellence in workplace wellness across three award categories and three company sizes. The overall award for Britain’s Healthiest Company is based on the combined scores from the 'Healthiest Workplace' and 'Healthiest Employee' awards, to holistically determine Britain’s Healthiest Company.

Johnson & Johnson won for its employees' access to on-site physiotherapists and massage therapists as part of its stress management strategy.

Adidas was recognised for emotional and mental health clinics offered to all staff, as well as life coaches and coaches trained in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, which teaches individuals how they can manage problems by changing the way they think and behave.

Old Mutual has an employee assistance programme which includes counselling on almost any topic from housing and debt to relationships, care responsibilities and bereavement, with referrals to relevant healthcare professionals and confidential advice also part of the package.

Neville Koopowitz, CEO at Vitality, which conducted the survey, said: “Britain’s Healthiest Company provides a unique perspective as we are able to understand how the work environment directly impacts on employee health and productivity. What is clear is that companies which are concerned about employee wellbeing, and have a culture of health within the business, typically have healthier and more productive employees.

“Our research has also demonstrated the very significant role that modifiable risks play in employee productivity. One of the stand-out features of this year's survey has been the importance of sleep and the impact it has on both productivity loss and lifestyle behaviours. This all calls for employers to take a more active role in making their staff healthy. By investing in the health and wellbeing of staff, employers can rise to the productivity challenge in a more progressive, socially acceptable and relevant way for a service economy such as ours."