Well-being at work
Sheila Pantry OBE
Are your employees happy, healthy and safe at work? How can you tell? And, what difference, if any, does it make to your bottom line?
According to government figures, stress-related sick leave is costing UK industry £370m a year. And, while safety at work has long been recognised as a priority by employers, increasing numbers are also taking seriously the physical and mental well-being of their workforce. In today's working environment, relatively few people are affected by accidents compared with the large number affected by broader issues of mental and physical well-being.
According to the UK Health and Safety Executive (HSE), over 35 million working days were lost through ill-health and injury in 2004/5, whilst 2 million people were suffering from an illness that they believed was caused or made worse by current or past work. Multiply these figures in countries around the world and the results are awesomely staggering.
The UK Institute of Directors have just produced Well-being at work guide (ISBN 19045 2048 0) that gives clear advice on how directors and other senior business decision-makers should manage health, safety and well-being at work. Written by experts in the field, it contains authoritative guidance on:
- What a healthy looks like
- The benefits of flexible attitudes and working practices
- Managing sickness absence effectively
- Developing and implementing an employee well-being programme, including alcohol, drugs and smoking at work
- The importance of health risk management
This guide is part of the Director's Guide series, published by the Institute of Directors (IOD), which gives directors clear, practical advice on key business issues, with real life case studies. Available from IOD, 116 Pall mall, London SW1Y 5ED, UK.
that The European Agency for Safety and Health at Work 2006 campaign slogan is 'Safe Start' is not just for one week and is dedicated to the occupational safety and health (OSH) of young people to ensure a safe and healthy start to their working lives. The Agency's web pages contain helpful information for young people, employers, parents and supervisors of young people. The Safe Start campaign is backed by all Member States, candidate and EFTA countries, the Austria and Finland European Union (EU) Presidencies, the European Parliament and the European Commission, and by the European Social Partners.
For more information, details of the campaign see https://www.healthy-workplaces.eu/en/european-week-safety-and-health-work
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This month's OSHWORLD FOCUS Save our young people at work draws attention to the problems that young people face as they start work for the first time.
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Wishing you a zero accident, incident-free and healthy year in 2006 in your workplace!