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Report: Workplace health starts at management level

8 September 2011 - 2:53pm

The health and wellbeing of employees should be considered the responsibility of directors, managers and heads of organisations, according to a UK survey.

A report by the Institute of Directors and Health Safety Commission has highlighted the need for top level employees to lead initiatives in the workplace - such as corporate health plans and awareness campaigns.

According to the survey: "Board level involvement is an essential part of the 21st century trading ethic. Attitudes to health and safety are determined by the bosses, not the organisation's size."

The key reasons for this stem from the level of power that such executives wield, as lower-level employees are less likely to have the authority to bring about large-scale change.

Passion and energy have been identified as critical attributes that safety leaders must possess, as a half-hearted approach is less likely to increase the standard of health for staff.

Without strong and willing managers, companies risk falling behind in regards to safe and healthy workplace practices.

The report states: "Many high-profile safety cases over the years have been rooted in failures of leadership."

Simply complying with the bare minimum of legal requirements isn't enough to foster a strong and healthy workforce and employees will appreciate their company going the distance for them.