Guidance on promoting mental wellbeing at work
The National Institute
for Health and Clinical Excellence has published “Promoting mental
wellbeing through productive and healthy working conditions: guidance for
employers”. The guidance contains five key recommendations, including how
to assess opportunities for promoting mental wellbeing and managing risk.
Promoting mental wellbeing at work
is for those who have a direct or indirect role in, and responsibility for,
promoting mental wellbeing at work. This includes all employers and their
representatives, irrespective of the size of the business or organisation and
whether they are in the public, private, or voluntary sectors. It may also be
of interest to professionals working in human resources or occupational health,
employees, trade unions representatives and members of the public.
Mental wellbeing is defined as a dynamic state in
which the individual is able to develop their potential, work productively and
creatively, build strong and positive relationships with others and contribute
to their community. According to the Guidance, mental wellbeing at work is
determined by the interaction between the working environment, the nature of
the work and the individual.
The five recommendations cover: strategy, assessing
opportunities for promoting mental wellbeing and managing risk, flexible
working, the role of line managers, and supporting micro, small and
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