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Well-being in the workplace

06 February 2017

The CIPD is embarking on a long-term project on employee health and well-being. We think that HR has a vital role to play in creating healthier workplaces.

On this topic hub we link to recent resources and upcoming events that will help you consider the business benefits of a well-being programme and how to promote well-being in your organisation.

Introduction to growing the health and well-being agenda

The world of work is changing fast.

People are living and working longer, increasingly caring for their children and parents. There's growing pressure to do more with less and technology is keeping us switched on, enabling us to work wherever and whenever we choose.

With the growing awareness of the importance of well-being and the impact of poor mental and physical health, organisations are facing greater responsibility for the well-being of their employees.

Sickness absence costs the UK economy over 14 billion pounds a year. That's 554 pounds per employee.

Organisations that ignore employee well-being risk absenteeism, poor performance, and higher costs.

But well-being isn't just about fixing problems, it's about creating opportunities and generating long-term value.

So what do we mean by well-being? What an effective health and well-being programme looks like will depend on the needs of the organisation and its people, but it's likely to include health promotion, a good working environment, flexible working, positive relationships, opportunities for career development and a healthy management style.

Well-being creates workplaces which support health and happiness so that people can flourish and reach their potential benefiting themselves and the organisation.

So why do so few companies recognise the importance of well-being?

For businesses, attracting the right talent is essential, but making sure people are happy, healthy and engaged is fundamental to sustainable business performance.

Investing in well-being leads to increased resilience, greater innovation and higher productivity.

It makes good business sense.

But well-being initiatives often fall short of their potential because they stand alone, isolated from the everyday business, when to gain real benefit well-being must be integrated throughout an organisation, embedded in its culture, its leadership and its people management.

The HR profession is in a unique position to drive this agenda, to understand the needs of both workforce and organisation, and to deliver the benefits of well-being throughout the business.

Find out how HR can develop organisations with well-being at their core for happier, healthier, sustainable business.


The power of wellbeing

The power of well-being - PM feature

Investing in employee health pays dividends in the long run. Duncan Forgan asks why so many business leaders are still not convinced.

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Well-being research report

This report reviews the extent to which well-being considerations are integrated into organisations and highlights future priorities for the HR profession.

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Thought pieces on well-being

Experts reflect on the business case for well-being, turning theory into practice, measuring employee well-being and the need to focus on good mental health in the workplace.

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Well-being at work factsheet

This factsheet examines well-being at work, focusing on why it matters, and the relationship between work, health and well-being.

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Podcast on resilience

This podcast explores the nebulous idea of resilience and why it is fundamental to the success of both individuals and organisations, helping them to adapt to change and bounce back from adversity.

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Podcast on good mental health

With reports of mental health problems at work increasing yearly, HR professionals from Deloitte and Mind and MP Norman Lamb discuss their experiences and the need for business foster good mental health in their organisations.

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