Why is Well-being important?
The University as an employer has a legal duty of care to employees to ensure health at work, as set out in the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 and the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999. This means that the University has a legal obligation to manage risks to the health and safety of employees, and operating its business in a way that minimises harm to employees' health.
Supports the Strategic Aim
Good staff health and wellbeing is vital for ensuring that the University achieves its strategic aim of being top 50 by 2015. The current pressures facing the University, including the current economic climate and the cut in public HEFCE funding, make it even more vital that the University uses its resources as effectively as possible. It is imperative therefore that the University focuses on the health and wellbeing of staff.
If the University is to achieve its strategic aims, it must:
- Strive to be an exemplar employer by ensuring that the health and wellbeing of its staff;
- Improve staff health and wellbeing so that improved services are provided for students and customers;
Commit to reducing sickness absence and improve health and wellbeing, to ensure greater productivity of its staff.