Magazine article Public Finance

Improving Working Lives

Magazine article Public Finance

Improving Working Lives

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THE SPONSOR

The Health and Safety Executive is pleased to be sponsoring this major award and is looking to encourage public sector organisations to view health and safety management in a positive and productive light.

Staff health and welfare are issues of particular interest and importance for many public bodies, and there is growing evidence on how various positive health management interventions can prove beneficial both in enhancing the welfare of staff and their efficiency and contribution. We hope to encourage the public sector to participate in and learn from these developments.

As the modern workplace becomes an increasingly demanding place, it is more important than ever that organisations ensure they provide a healthy working environment to get the very best from their staff.

Whether it is making sure that workers are physically safe, implementing strategies for tackling stress, or providing confidential counselling services, there is a wide range of measures that public bodies can introduce to ensure the welfare of their workforce.

In recognition of this fact, a new category has been introduced in the 2006 Public Servants of the Year Awards. 'Improving working lives', the award for putting people first, is intended to honour employers who understand the vital role a well thought-out working environment plays in creating a successful organisation. …

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