New Guidance Issued on Healthy Workplaces
Workplace health comes under the spotlight in the latest guidance issued by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE). Each year more than a million workers in the UK experience a work-related illness, leading to approximately 27 million lost working days at a cost to the economy of £13.4 billion. The guidance, which is aimed at employers, managers and employees, covers a range of areas from organisational commitment to leadership style.
Dame Carol Black, the Department of Health’s Expert Advisor on improving the welfare of working people, believes that work relationships play a major role in employee health. “There is abundant evidence that the health, especially the mental health, and overall wellbeing of employees depends greatly on their relationships at work,” she said. “That means their relationships with each other but particularly their relationships with employers, from line managers to the most senior executive and board member. These relationships are encapsulated in the concept and practice of engagement – a concept that reflects the culture of an organisation.”
Managers are urged to add flexibility where possible by allowing staff to have more control over their own time whilst also encouraging employees to be more creative and explore new possibilities. Other recommendations include developing policies to support respect for work-life balance while making health and wellbeing a core priority for top management.
You can download a copy of ‘Workplace policy and management practices to improve the health and wellbeing of employees’ here