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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

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