Caring for your workforce

It has often been said that your people are the most important asset in your organisation. This remains as true today as ever it was before, particularly in an era of competitive recruitment and retention.

Keeping on the right side of the legal requirements in employment is sometimes a challenge, but in seeking timely professional advice much headache and expense can be avoided. To minimise these risks we need to look at the health of our workforce and three key areas spring to mind.

Ensure that no employees work causes an adverse impact on their health and well-being.  This means not only assessment of fitness for specific roles and, where necessary, regular health surveillance, but also means looking after their well-being overall.

Under the provisions of the Equality Act, employers have several obligations including to positively make adjustments where necessary and reasonable for the disabled employee.

The challenge is sometimes recognising where an employee has a disability which may be far from obvious and which requires specialist assessment and advice from Occupational Health.

The challenge is sometimes recognising where an employee has a disability which may be far from obvious.

The management of sickness absence is a concern for most organisations. A key part of ensuring that managing the absence is done fairly is specialist advice about the employee’s condition and its effects on their work. This ensures effective support back into the workplace at the earliest date and minimises the risk to the organisation.

In each of these key areas Occupational Health has an important part to play by providing skilled and timely advice to support the organisation and the employee.