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Business Action on Health. Louise Aston, Director. BITC. 1 independent business-led charity 27 years’ experience 100 partner organisations convened through an international network 200 business leaders actively engaged leading campaigns 850 companies in membership.

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business action on health

Business Action on Health

Louise Aston, Director

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BITC

1 independent business-led charity

27 years’ experience

100 partner organisations convened through an international network

200business leaders actively engaged

leading campaigns

850 companies in membership

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BITC

Mobilise

Collaborate

Build momentum

Scale upaction

Our

members

employ

1 in 5

of the

UK private

sector workforce

overview
Overview
  • Business Action on Health
  • Healthy Workplace Model
  • Practical solutions by business for business
business action on health6
Business Action on Health
  • A business led movement
  • Makes the business case for investing in health and wellbeing
  • Takes an integrated approach to employee emotional and physical wellness
  • Provides practical solutions, by business for business
from health and safety compliance to public reporting
From health and safety compliance to public reporting

“To make public reporting on employee

health and wellbeing commonplace in

the UK by 2011”

responsible business practice
Responsible business practice

Employee health and wellbeing has emerged as a key CSR issue

The most frequently selected section of BITC’s CR Index for past 2 years

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FTSE 100 reporting

Employee health & wellbeing

2008

81%

2007

68%

healthy workplace model better physical health
Healthy Workplace ModelBetter physical health

Create a safe & pleasant

physical environment

Promote health behaviours

  • Healthy eating
  • Physical activity
  • Smoking cessation
  • Sensible drinking
healthy workplace model better work
Healthy Workplace ModelBetter work

Create a healthy psychological

work environment

  • Management style & organisational culture
  • Employment security
  • Job design: task and variety challenge
  • Skills available to cope with pressure
  • Autonomy, control & task discretion
  • Fair treatment (procedural justice)
  • Balance between effort & reward
  • Flexible working arrangements
healthy workplace model better support
Healthy Workplace ModelBetter support

Provide interventions to

manage health and

Wellbeing

  • Training for line managers & employees
  • Occupational health
  • Human resources
  • Employee assistance/counselling
healthy workplace model better relationships
Healthy Workplace ModelBetter relationships

Promote

communication & social

cohesion

  • Line manager
  • Team colleagues
  • Support networks
  • Family
  • Friends
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Practical solutions by business for business

Health, Skills & Wellbeing Toolkit

making the most of your people
Making the most of your people

Stress is on the increase

about the emotional resilience toolkit
About the Emotional Resilience Toolkit
  • The business case for promoting emotional resilience
  • Practical guidance in promoting the resilience of individuals and teams in

companies as part of an integrated health and wellbeing programme

  • Examples of best practice and lessons learned from companies
how to define emotional resilience
How to define ‘emotional resilience’?

“the ability to succeed

personally and

professionally in the

midst of a high

pressured, fast moving

and continuously

changing environment”

GlaxoSmithKline

bitc s definition
BITC’s definition

“a set of conditions that

allow individual

adaptation to different

forms of adversity

at different points in the

life course”

BITC Emotional Resilience

Steering Group

business benefits
Business benefits

Promoting emotional resilience improves the health of

businesses as well as employees.

Companies profiled in the Toolkit have enjoyed:

  • Lower absence related costs
  • Reduced insurance claims
  • Enhanced employee morale and engagement
  • Improved performance quality
  • Greater productivity
  • Better corporate reputation
societal benefits
Societal benefits

Employers promoting emotional resilience at work help

reduce health inequalities in the communities where they

operate by:

  • Improving employees’ ability to function outside work
  • Helping employees in deprived communities and those with mental health issues to function in their communities
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Practical solutions, by business for business

All companies of all sizes and sectors invited to

make the Healthy Workplace Commitment

www.bitc.org.uk/commit

Toolkits and other resources

www.bitc.org.uk/health