Improve workforce wellbeing

Business has key part to play in improving health standards for the working population

Through reformed occupational health services we can improve workforce wellbeing. The health industry lacks the support to adopt business led health interventions, reducing businesses' effectiveness as a key tool for improving workforce health. With compelling health, economic and financial benefits on offer, we need the government to guide business and shift the mindsets of industry towards health as an investment, not a cost.

The change we’re calling for

Health is a key enabler of social and economic progress. Businesses are recognising that early and sustained support through workplace health interventions are an effective way to minimise the risk of job losses related to ill-health. But support doesn’t just benefit business. Improving workforce health impacts both NHS costs through the disease burden, as well as economic output from an increasingly productive workforce with reduced sickness absences.

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    Modernise the UK’s Occupational Health services to reduce workforce disease burden

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    Increase access, awareness, and adoption of employer-led health interventions such as mental and physical health and wellbeing

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    Prioritise business led health interventions as a vital tool for addressing the UK’s health challenges

Healthy life, less strife

The benefits of good workforce wellbeing

A healthier nation, built on the foundation of wellbeing, could boost job satisfaction and business performance – and reduce health inequalities across the UK.

  • Improving occupational health services could reduce sick leave by 30% per year

  • The healthiest workforces deliver up to 3.5% higher annual returns

  • Workforce ill health costs the UK around £300bn in lost economic output annually, excluding health costs

Health is Everyone's Business

Health is the biggest driver of a person’s life satisfaction: explaining 48% of life-satisfaction differences between individuals of the same age. And poor health is expensive: costing the UK around £300bn in lost output annually, excluding health costs. Check out some of the CBI's exclusive resources to learn more.

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    Health is Everyone’s Business: what is it and what does it mean for your business?

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    Toolkit: how to support your employees’ mental health

Our progress and impact

The CBI campaigns tirelessly on behalf of our members so that business creates prosperity for all. Learn more about the work we do and the impact we are making on this issue.

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Support the change

  • Join the CBI

    Our members are our mandate, and the reason we’re the most influential business organisation in the UK. Join the voice of business and help us campaign to improve workforce wellbeing through reformed occupational health services.

  • Make a difference

    This campaign is led by the CBI's Health team. Contact Jake Harrison, Health Policy Adviser, to find out how the UK improve workplace wellbeing and how you can support it.