Academic journal article Perspectives in Public Health

NICE Promotes Employee Health and Wellbeing in New Guidelines

Academic journal article Perspectives in Public Health

NICE Promotes Employee Health and Wellbeing in New Guidelines

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Improving the health and wellbeing of employees, with a particular focus on organisational culture and context and the role of line managers, is addressed by new guidance from NICE.

During 2013/2014, 1.2 million working people had a work-related illness, half a million of these of which were new illnesses. work-related illness and workplace injury led to the loss of an estimated 28.2 million working days in 2013/2014. Injuries and new cases of ill health resulting largely from current working conditions cost society an estimated £14.2 billion in 2012/2013 (based on 2012 prices).

In presenting the business and economic case for improving employee health and wellbeing, the report Workplace policy and management practices to improve the health and wellbeing of employees makes recommendations on key issues, including developing policies that address work/life balance to enable individuals to cope successfully with the demands and pressures of work, providing opportunities for employees to have a voice in the organisation, using line managers effectively as a communication channel linking employees to the organisation and ensuring line managers receive relevant training. …

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