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Small businesses 'should promote health'
Wednesday, 09 April 2008
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.