Identifying promising practices in health and wellbeing at work
Jul 25, 2018
Nesta standards were applied to assess evidence of workplace health outcomes. 117 case studies were received via an open portal. Topics included mental health, holistic programmes, organisational capacity, health assessment, MSK, activity, nutrition, weight management, menopause, sleep, alcohol misuse and domestic violence.Findings show promising practice and suggest that academically rigorous methods of data collection are not widely in use.
A review of the evidence landscape
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Research demonstrates that the support of wellbeing in the workplace has a positive impact on staff, business and organisations. It includes benefits in terms of reduced absenteeism and presenteeism as well as improved productivity.
Whilst the landscape of health and wellbeing interventions is a broad one, it can be difficult to understand 'what works': or rather, the confidence which we should place in a particular intervention that it will have a positive impact on staff health and wellbeing outcomes. This research project was commissioned by Public Health England (PHE) to begin to address this gap. The study aimed to support an understanding of the landscape of workplace wellbeing interventions and the extent and quality of evidence being collected. We hope it will enable organisations to consider better whether interventions are having a positive health outcome and how to capture and gauge the evidence.
The report presents the findings related to a set of case studies collected via an open portal. The case studies were assessed against Nesta standards of evidence. They show promising examples of how to develop an evidence base for workplace health and wellbeing initiatives across different workplace wellbeing areas.
England's business and employer communities have an exciting and unrivalled opportunity to create a step change in how they support and evidence not only the health and productivity of their workforce, but, by so doing, the health of the nation as a whole.
The research described in this report was commissioned by Public Health England and conducted by RAND Europe.
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