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Health Promotion in the Workplace

Thursday, 20 January 2011
09:30 - 11:00
The Work Foundation


  • Dame Carol Black, National Director for Health and Work
  • Dr Margaret Samuel, Chief Medical Officer, EDF Energy
  • Cary Cooper, Professor of Organisational Psychology and Health, Lancaster University Management School
  • Stephen Bevan, Managing Director, The Work Foundation (Chair)
  • Robin McGee, Researcher, The Work Foundation

The event in detail: 

The health and wellbeing of the working age population is critical to supporting the economy and society. The Government’s recent public health white paper sets out the long-term vision for the future of public health in England, and calls on business to do more to promote wellbeing among their employees. 

Some employers have long regarded wellness as a business issue with reduced absenteeism and increased health aiding the effectiveness of organisations. So how can more organisations be ‘nudged’ towards championing workplace health and what are the best ways to support health in the workplace? 

Many employers provide gym membership, informative websites and promote healthy eating. Others recognise that the relationships people have with their managers and colleagues, flexible working, reducing stress and the chance to have a say in workplace decisions are also part of the mix. 

This event explored the new horizons opening up in how health is being managed at work, and was an opportunity to hear from those at the heart of decisions being made at Whitehall and from employers already doing positive work in this arena.

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