The workplace plays a key role in contributing to the health of its employees. Looking after employee health pays, it has significant business benefits giving businesses a competitive edge.
Why workplace health is important
There is a wealth of evidence that shows having a healthy engaged workforce brings clear benefits for employees and businesses alike with improved quality and productivity.
Employee health has become a key issue as businesses face the costs and potential impact of high absence levels and employee ill health. Businesses are recognising that their biggest asset is their workers and keeping the workforce healthy - both physically and mentally - is beneficial for both employer and employee. It is a key element to a successful business and gives that competitive edge in the current climate.
Poor employee health costs huge amounts of money to employers relating to sick pay, absence to attend medical appointments, employee turnover, recruitment and lower employee productivity.
Looking after your employees, and helping them gain the benefits of good health, pays.
Free workplace visit
Visits by the Workplace Health Manager are free and designed to give you the best possible advice on making your workplace healthier. For further details, please contact our Workplace Health Manager.
Free support and training offered to businesses
Please see the leaflet below which outlines the free support offered to businesses to improve employee health and wellbeing.
The HSE has produced a help page that covers the basic health and safety requirements for your business.
Training and information
As an employer you are responsible for making sure your employees have been given enough information and training so that they are able to work safely.
You should keep records of any training given - including any "in-house" training. The records should include course content as well as the people trained.
Remember to pay particular attention to the training of young and inexperienced workers.
Employees must understand the potential hazards and how to avoid them.