07/11/2005

Health, work and well-being ­ Caring for our future

The British Government has published a new brochure focussing on the well-being
of all workers. In a modern world where rising dependency ratios and global
market forces place an ever greater burden on those of working age in
supporting others, neither economy nor society as a whole can afford to stand
back and allow people to be written off. A strategy for the health and
well-being of working age people is a crucial part of delivering on the
Government's commitment to improving the health and well-being of the working
age population.

A good strategy will enable to work with all partners across and outside
Government to break the link between ill health and inactivity, to advance the
prevention of ill health and injury, to encourage good management of
occupational health, and to transform opportunities for people to recover from
illness while at work, maintaining their independence and their sense of worth.
This is an ambitious agenda placing real responsibility not just in the hands
of government, but with employers, individuals, the healthcare profession and
all stakeholders.

Work matters ­ it can help to improve your health, reduce health inequalities
and offer improved opportunities. Due to changing demographics, having more
people in work is increasingly important for communities and our economy. The
health and well-being of people of working age is therefore of fundamental
importance to our future and we are committed to bringing about a real and
sustained improvement in this area.

In addition to the impact on the health and well-being of individuals and their
families, unplanned absence puts additional pressure on those colleagues who
pick up the extra work. It also has a significant impact on productivity across
the economy.

While much good work, both inside and outside Government, is already going on
to improve the health and well-being of working age people, we need a strategy
that will bring together all the elements. If we co-ordinate our approach and
identify gaps where we need to carry out further work, then we will achieve
much more to help that improvement in health and well-being.

The brochure explains how stakeholders can:

  • improve the health of the working age population and minimise the risk of
    employees becoming ill in the first place;
  • improve employee retention by supporting them during periods of transition;
    and
  • build a world which rehabilitates rather than rejects people when they
    experience illness or disability.

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