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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

Stress

According to insurance company AXA, stress levels in the UK have doubled over the last four years. 

Top tip! No hiding from work email for employees

Companies need to set clear policies on acceptable use of work email, as well as regarding when to switch off - employees need to know it is OK to let work email that arrived after hours wait until the morning.

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