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Moving the employee well-being agenda forward

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Moving the employee well-being agenda forward

Published February 2016

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In our collection of 14 thought pieces, experts reflect on the business case for well-being, turning theory into practice, measuring employee well-being and the need to focus on good mental health in the workplace.

Contents of report

Part 1: Well-being: good for employees, good for business? 
  • Promoting well-being needs a different approach to human resource management by David Guest, Professor of Organisational Psychology and Human Resource Management, King’s College, London.
  • Building the business case for well-being by John Hamilton, Head of Safety, Health and Well-being.
  • Happier workers, higher profits by Alex Bryson, Professor of Quantitative Social Science, UCL, and a visiting research fellow at the National Institute of Economic and Social Research. John Forth and Lucy Stokes are at the National Institute of Economic and Social Research.

Part 2: Turning the well-being theory into practice

  • Addressing the stubborn implementation gap by Jill Miller, PhD, Research Adviser, and Rachel Suff, Public Policy Adviser (Employment Relations), CIPD.
  • ‘Readiness’ – the secret to getting health and well-being right inside your business by Sir Cary Cooper CBE, Professor of Organisational Psychology and Health, Manchester Business School, and Founding Director of Robertson Cooper Ltd, and Ben Moss, Managing Director of Robertson Cooper and Good Day at Work.
  • Healthy organisations, healthy leadership and management, healthy employees … for healthy performance by Emma Donaldson-Feilder and Rachel Lewis, Directors of Affinity Health at Work.
  • Cafcass: a case study on building a culture of health and well-being by James Hyde, Head of HR, Cafcass.
  • Worker well-being – with a purpose by Paul Dolan, Professor of Behavioural Science, with Agnieszka Zbieranska, Research Assistant, London School of Economics and Political Science.

Part 3: Measuring employee well-being

  • Well-being reporting: is it time to truly recognise the value of well-being? by Edward Houghton, Research Adviser, CIPD.
  • Engagement and well-being: are they linked? by Katie Bailey, Professor of Management, University of Sussex.
  • Is working harder and smarter good for you? by Dr Chidiebere Ogbonnaya, Research Fellow in Quantitative Social Science for the Eastern Academic Research Consortium, and Karina Nielsen, Professor of Work and Organisational Psychology, University of East Anglia.

Part 4: Good mental health is everyone’s business

  • Walking the tightrope: why work should be more than just a safety net when our mental health is at risk by Adrian Wakeling, Policy Analyst, Acas.
  • Fostering a mentally healthy workplace culture by Paul Farmer, Chief Executive, Mind.
  • The importance of the workplace in achieving one agenda for mental and physical health by Norman Lamb, Liberal Democrat MP for North Norfolk.

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