The way forward: policy options for improving workforce health in the UK

The way forward: policy options for improving workforce health in the UK
Document type
White Paper
Bajorek, Zofia; Shreeve, Victoria; Bevan, Stephen
Work Foundation, The
Date of publication
1 October 2014
Health at Work Policy Unit White Papers; no. 1
People management: all aspects of managing people, Management & leadership: including strategy, public sector management, operations and production
Business and management
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This paper recommends a number of changes to government policy which it argues are needed to increase the number of employers who are active and effective in developing and implementing workplace health and wellbeing programmes. This is particularly important when people in the UK are living and working longer, and expected to cope with increasing workloads.

Although Dame Carol Black’s 2008 report, Working for a healthier tomorrow encouraged policy makers and practitioners to develop and implement initiatives to improve workforce health and wellbeing, and our awareness of the issues has increased over the last decade, this paper identifies a number of barriers which prevent employers from starting and running these programmes, and make recommendations about policy changes that would help overcome them.  

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