The Workplace has been identified as a key area for the improvement of health, safety and wellbeing by the World Health Organisation. Good work is important to reducing health inequalities that, in Scotland, are widest for people of working age. Working with employers will be essential in achieving new national health & wellbeing outcomes for health & social care.
The 2010 Marmot Review identified the creation of fair employment and good work for all as a key priority. The report also identified 10 core characteristics of ‘good work’.
- Safe and secure
- Demanding whilst not overtaxing
- Fair reward
- Development – achieving potential
- Non threatening – without discrimination
- Employee voice
- Work life business
- Health promoting
Information and Resources
The Calendar of Health Events 2016/17 is a useful starting point to plan campaigns and activities in the workplace.
The Health Scotland briefing on Good Work for All contains useful information on the role the workplace has to reducing health inequalities.
The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) have provided guidelines on workplace health and wellbeing.
The Healthy Working Lives national website and advice line (0800 019 2211) provides free and confidential advice on a range of workplace health issues.
Fife Workplaces Celebrate Good Work
Employers in Fife came together during Fife Business Week to reaffirm the message that the workplace is a key area for improvement of health, safety and wellbeing. The Celebrating Good Work Event, organised by the Workplace Team, Health Promotion, Fife Health & Social Care Partnership, took place at the Bay Hotel, Kinghorn on the 9th November. At the event delegates heard how ‘good work’ is important to reducing health inequalities, and an update from the Health Promotion Workplace Team.
Over 60 delegates attended the event and enjoyed the opportunity to network and share good practice on ‘good work’. Excellent presentations were delivered by Mossmorran, NHS Fife and the University of St Andrews. Feedback from delegates has been very positive and many workplaces have indicated that they intend to put some of the examples discussed into practice within their own organisations.
Health, Safety and Wellbeing needs within employers in Fife – executive summary
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