Employment: Health

Department for Work and Pensions written question – answered on 7th March 2018.

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Photo of Stephen Kerr Stephen Kerr Conservative, Stirling

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether her Department plans to take steps to encourage companies to improve the health and well-being of their employees.

Photo of Sarah Newton Sarah Newton The Minister of State, Department for Work and Pensions

As set out in the recent Command Paper, Improving Lives: the Future of Work, Health and Disability, we want to work in partnership with employers to help them draw fully on the talents of disabled people and people with long-term health conditions and build workplaces that promote the health and wellbeing of their workforce. In turn, this can help businesses prosper and grow by attracting and retaining valuable skilled employees and increasing the productivity of the workforce. We are taking a number of steps to do this, including improving advice and support for employers and exploring how to achieve the right balance of incentives and expectations.

Thriving at Work: The Stevenson/Farmer Review of mental health and employers sets out a compelling business case for employer action to support staff’s mental health and wellbeing and offers support and advice for businesses. This includes a recommended set of mental health core standards for all employers to adopt, which we will support and encourage employers to take up.

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