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Small businesses 'should promote health'

Published: Wednesday, 09 April 2008   Category: Life after graduation

Employment relations service Acas has urged small businesses to save money and cut absenteeism by making sure staff are healthy at work.

The group has developed a new guide aimed at assisting companies in promoting and managing a healthy workplace, which could be good news for health-conscious graduates.

It comes after a review of the health of the working population discovered that ill health costs the UK economy around £100 billion.

Ed Sweeney, chairman of Acas, commented: "The review by Dame Carol Black shows that creating a healthy workplace has strong benefits for individuals and organisations.

"It also places a lot emphasis on the role early intervention can play in reducing the problem of ill health at work – this ties in strongly with Acas' 'prevention over cure' approach to dealing with wider employment issues."

He added that work can have a beneficial effect on health and wellbeing, which in turn can improve the productivity and effectiveness of an enterprise.


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