The UK organization NICE (National Institute for Health and Care Excellence) has recently released an extensive list of guidelines for improving wellness in the workplace.
NICE is an organization dedicated to improving health and social care through evidence-based guidance.
NICE’s recommendations come in stark contrast to recommendations made by some other American institutions. The primary difference between the recommendations made by NICE and other organizations appears to be the overall approach to how the recommendations were formulated.
NICE’s approach is focused largely on creating a well corporate culture from the onset of the organization with an emphasis on creating an overall atmosphere of employee wellbeing. Some of the recommendations include:
Have a proactive and visible commitment to health and safety and its role in improving the health and wellbeing of employees, that is, view health and safety as part of the culture of a caring and supportive employer – not only a statutory requirement.
Create a supportive environment that enables employees to be proactive when and if possible to protect and enhance their own health and wellbeing.
These types of recommendations seem to run counter to some other institutions’ approaches to workplace wellness, which seem to work to mitigate the results of a poor work environment.
With the health and wellness of employees taking a more prominent role in the corporate world, perhaps the holistic approach put forth by NICE is a good starting place for companies who are new to workplace wellness to assemble their plan.
To read all of NICE’s recommendations, click here.