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Not just free fruit - Wellbeing does not grow on trees

29 Dec 09:00 by Helen Palmer

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"The leadership of health and wellbeing must, unequivocally, come from the highest level"

A ubiquitous 'catch-all' term, 'wellbeing' is used to refer to everything: from a good diet to the protection of those suffering from mental ill-health. While occupational safety remains a key priority for employers across all sectors, there is growing public awareness of the impact wellbeing has on individuals, organisations and society as a whole. It is estimated that over 5 million UK workers could be suffering from a mental health condition each year.

Examining current literature on occupational health and wellbeing, Not just free fruit: wellbeing at work seeks to define ‘wellbeing’ in workplace contexts, exploring the term’s varying connotations and applications.

"Only about 1 in 6 (17%) organisations evaluate the impact of their health and wellbeing initiatives"

Wellbeing at work is here to stay. It means physical, emotional and mental health. This review interrogates the physiology and psychology of the working environment, with the twin aims of directing the employer to arrangements which protect wellbeing, while also helping all workers.

Source: https://www.britsafe.org/campaigns-policy/not-just-free-fruit-wellbeing-at-work/