Definition of 'good work' sought at Work Foundation event
The Work Foundation held a seminar this week to help with the development of a framework for employers aimed at ensuring well-being in the workplace.
It was the first of four events planned as part of the government's Health, Work and Well-being strategy, which aims to prevent work-related injury or illness, provide rehabilitation support and improve the health of the working age population.
Upon completion of the series a summary report will be produced, which will include a definition of "good work".
Lord McKenzie - Department for Work and Pensions minister - recommended that the government, businesses and charities should discuss and agree by way of their expertise what it is that constitutes "good work".
"We know that good work is beneficial for individuals, communities, and the economy. But we need to figure out exactly what good work is, so that we can ensure workplaces are happy, healthy and productive," said Lord McKenzie.
"This may necessitate a radical rethink, including addressing outdated work practices, increasing flexible working, cutting red tape, and promoting effective and open work cultures. Positive changes will reduce the number of days lost to ill health and injury and allow people to remain in and return to work quicker," he added.