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Guidance on Health and Wellbeing at Work

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Published June 2021

Wellbeing is defined by the Oxford English Dictionary as “the state of being comfortable, healthy, or happy”.

Looking after employee wellbeing is good for people and organisations. Promoting wellbeing can help prevent stress and create positive working environments where individuals and organisations can thrive. Good health and wellbeing can be a core enabler of employee engagement and higher organisational performance, reduces staff turnover, ensures compliance with legislation, improves staff morale, increases staff commitment and engagement and decreases the likelihood of sickness absence, grievance or discrimination claims.

When people are in a state of wellbeing at work, they can develop their own potential, be productive, build positive relationships with others, better cope with stress, and make a meaningful contribution to the workplace.

However, wellbeing initiatives often fall short of their potential because they stand alone isolated from the everyday business. To gain real benefit, employee wellbeing priorities must be integrated throughout an organisation and embedded into its culture, leadership and people management.