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Occupational health and wellbeing

Sarah McCarthy Editor's message: Good employee health and wellbeing practices improve productivity and increase morale. Investing in employee wellbeing can also boost an organisation’s profile, helping it to recruit and retain high-calibre staff.

Occupational health and wellbeing is therefore about more than managing injuries sustained in the workplace or dealing with illness experienced during working hours. The Government and employers now advocate an holistic approach, in which the employer takes measures to improve the way in which work is organised and manages both the physical and psychological aspects of the job.

Organisations increasingly offer a broad range of initiatives to employees that address both physical and mental health needs. These range from free eye tests and workstation assessments, to employee assistance programmes and the provision of mental health first-aiders.

Sarah Byrne, HR practice editor

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