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This Won’t Hurt a Bit: supporting small business to be healthy, wealthy and wise

Date: 6 Apr 2016

The fifth paper from the Health at Work Policy Unit suggests that there is a clear need for SMEs to support the health and wellbeing of their staff more consistently, and that there is a strong business, human and economic case for them doing so. 

The report identified a number of gaps in current provision and make a series of recommendations aimed at addressing these. These are grouped under three key themes:

  1. Taking a strategic approach to SME employee health and wellbeing
  2. Developing and delivering SME-appropriate training, resources and support
  3. Improving SME access to advice and support

For more information, please click here or attached Karen Steadman slides on SMEs are here

Top tip

Make sure you work with employees who show an early interest in the programme.

This will help get the project started and create early successes.

Ginsters

A reduction in cost of advertising and agency fees attest to the fact fewer people leave the company and that candidates now approach Ginsters direct as they are seen as an employer of choice.  Number of applicants in 2005 = 2481, in 2006 = 3641 and in 2008 = 3764.  Advertising costs reduced from £50,743 in 2005 to £33,805 in 2007 and £18,126 in 2008. 

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