Employee wellbeing is an employer-led approach concerned with supporting both the physical and emotional health of employees, helping to prevent problems arising or, if they do, helping employees to cope with them.

Many employers run employee wellbeing programmes or schemes which are designed to encourage staff to be more healthy and to help reduce sickness absence. In some organisations these include employee assistance programmes that provide confidential counselling for those experiencing a personal crisis or work-related difficulties such as stress, bullying or harassment.

Wellbeing is a multi-layered subject which touches on mental health at work as well as physical health and disability issues. It also involves not only senior managers, line managers and supervisors but also HR personnel, health and safety managers and occupational health practitioners.

This topic discusses why employers should invest in employee wellbeing programmes and how employers can help improve the welfare of their employees.

Related information can be found in the Stress at Work and Mental Health at Work topics.

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