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Workplace health: policy and management practices

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What is covered

This pathway covers workplace policy and management practices to improve the health and wellbeing of employees, with a particular focus on organisational culture and context, and the role of line managers.
The aim is to:
  • promote leadership that supports the health and wellbeing of employees
  • help line managers to achieve this
  • explore the positive and negative effect an organisation's culture can have on people's health and wellbeing
  • provide a business case and economic modelling for strengthening the role of line managers in ensuring the health and wellbeing of employees.
The pathway also aims to promote and protect the health of older employees over 50 years in particular to promote and provide leadership, organisational policies, activities and interventions that:
  • improve the health and wellbeing of older employees (those aged over 50 in paid or unpaid work),
  • extend their working lives and
  • meet their specific needs.
The pathway is for employers, senior leadership and managers (including line managers) and employees. It will also be of interest to those working in human resources, learning and development teams, professional trainers and educators, occupational health, health and safety, trade unions and professional bodies. In addition, it may be of interest to other members of the public.

Updates

Updates to this pathway

23 March 2016 Added recommendations from updated guideline about older employees, aged over 50 in paid or unpaid work.
25 November 2015 Added recommendations from updated guideline.
30 June 2015 Minor maintenance update.

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Workplace policy and management practices to improve the health and wellbeing of employees

What is covered

This pathway covers workplace policy and management practices to improve the health and wellbeing of employees, with a particular focus on organisational culture and context, and the role of line managers.
The aim is to:
  • promote leadership that supports the health and wellbeing of employees
  • help line managers to achieve this
  • explore the positive and negative effect an organisation's culture can have on people's health and wellbeing
  • provide a business case and economic modelling for strengthening the role of line managers in ensuring the health and wellbeing of employees.
The pathway also aims to promote and protect the health of older employees over 50 years in particular to promote and provide leadership, organisational policies, activities and interventions that:
  • improve the health and wellbeing of older employees (those aged over 50 in paid or unpaid work),
  • extend their working lives and
  • meet their specific needs.
The pathway is for employers, senior leadership and managers (including line managers) and employees. It will also be of interest to those working in human resources, learning and development teams, professional trainers and educators, occupational health, health and safety, trade unions and professional bodies. In addition, it may be of interest to other members of the public.

Updates

Updates to this pathway

23 March 2016 Added recommendations from updated guideline about older employees, aged over 50 in paid or unpaid work.
25 November 2015 Added recommendations from updated guideline.
30 June 2015 Minor maintenance update.

Sources

NICE guidance and other sources used to create this pathway.
Workplace health: management practices (2015 updated 2016) NICE guideline NG13

Quality standards

Quality statements

Effective interventions library

Effective interventions library

Successful effective interventions library details

Implementation

These resources provide help with planning ahead for NICE guidance, understanding where you are now, and conducting improvement initiatives.
These resources provide help with planning ahead for NICE guidance, understanding where you are now, and conducting improvement initiatives.

Pathway information

Supporting information

Glossary

health relates to a person's physical or mental condition. Wellbeing is the subjective state of being healthy, happy, contented, comfortable and satisfied with one's quality of life
the action of leading a group of people or an organisation, or the ability to do this. The ability of an organisation's management to make sound decisions and inspire others to perform well
people with direct managerial responsibility for an employee
being at work when you should be at home because you are ill

Paths in this pathway

Pathway created: June 2015 Last updated: March 2016

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