Services and support within each Local Authority, Jobcentre
Plus or Health Board area.
A healthy workforce, both physically and mentally, is important
in terms of benefits to individuals, businesses and the economy.
For those unable to work, whether they are sick, have poor mental
health, are on incapacity benefits or have been injured at work,
there is an emotional and actual cost. At any one time around 3% of
the working age population is off work due to illness or incapacity
costing the UK economy over £100 billion per year
(Dame Carol Black).
The health and wellbeing of the workforce can be improved
through approaches which:
Dame Carol Black's report highlighted three important principles
for improving the health of the workforce:
Policy in Scotland widely recognises the importance of improving
the health and wellbeing of the country's workforce.