Health and Wellbeing
Healthy workplaces make for happy and effective employees
Promoting a culture that improves the health and wellbeing of employees is good management and leads to healthy and productive workplaces, says NICE.
NICE guidance recommends that line managers if possible and within the needs of the organisation, should be flexible about work scheduling, giving employees control and flexibility over their own time.
Senior leaders should act as role models for leadership, and proactively challenge behaviour and actions that may adversely affect employee health and wellbeing. Line managers should receive training to improve their awareness of health and wellbeing issues.
The guidance also calls for managers to adopt a positive style of management encouraging workers to be creative and explore new opportunities that may come their way.
Professor Gillian Leng, Deputy Chief Executive and Health and Social Care Director has said: “Every workplace is different and the relationship between management and employee wellbeing is a complex one, dependent on numerous factors including occupation, sector and so on. However, there are some basic principles that should be applied by all employers, directors and line managers – these include ensuring the right policies and managements practices are in place. Recommendations include encouraging new ideas and exploring new ways of doing things and opportunities to learn, recognising the contribution of each employee and if possible a flexible approach to work scheduling, giving employees more control and flexibility over their own time.”