To what extent can health, wellbeing and safety strategies improve the productivity and competitiveness of UK manufacturers?

There is considerable interest among employers in the steps they can take to improve workforce health and wellbeing. In part, they are interested in being good employers and enhancing employee engagement, but they also want to reduce sickness absence, promote physical and psychological health and to improve productivity.

This study will look at wellbeing practices and their impact on productivity in the UK manufacturing sector. The work involves a literature review, an online survey of over 4,000 manufacturing employers in the UK and a number of case studies to explore good practice.

The study will seek to isolate which health and wellbeing practices are most strongly correlated with high levels of productivity and whether lessons can be drawn about which interventions offer best value for money.