A TECH firm is celebrating after being awarded a specialist award for improving the health and wellbeing of staff.

Payara, based at Malvern Science Park, has been presented with the Level One accreditation from Worcestershire Works Well in recognition of its work improving the mental and physical health of employees.

To attain this certification, Payara has been successfully demonstrating its commitment to a number of ongoing workplace health promotions, including raising awareness of health issues and supporting employees to make healthier lifestyle choices.

As part of this initiative, Payara employees are getting creative and sharing healthy recipes within the company’s internal Newsletter.

The firm has always encouraged its staff to take part in activities that improve both their physical and mental health, and before the nationwide lockdown began, the Payara team attended a climbing session at Redpoint in Worcester.

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In addition to this, Payara has been creating monthly internal campaigns around a specific health issue that has some relevance to the team, raising awareness and signposting information for those in need, whilst incorporating a challenge to make it a fun experience.

Recent campaigns include ‘World Sleep Day’, ‘Healthy eating and exercise’ and ‘Dealing with stress’.

Sarah Colloby from Worcestershire Works Well said: “With many adults spending a substantial part of their daily lives in the workplace, employers can play a vital role in improving the health and wellbeing of their entire workforce.

"As the WWW representative working with Payara, I was impressed by the passion and energy that both Mycah Banks and Julia Millidge brought to their application for the Level 1 accreditation and was delighted to see them achieving the award within just a few months."

Headquartered in Malvern Hills Science Park with an EU office located in Funchal, Madeira, Payara is a global open source company that specialises in the development of innovative infrastructure software.