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June/July 2009 (vol. 06/1)

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What is wellbeing at work?

Understanding the link between good work and better wellbeing

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The government wants to improve ‘wellbeing’ as part of a strategy to address worklessness and sickness absence. Simon Pickvance argues that some basic standards of working life are necessary before wellbeing becomes a reality.

HEALTH, work and wellbeing; wellness at work; health-enhancing work: obviously a good thing, but do we know what we are talking about? Wellbeing is a helpfully inclusive idea, used to assess the benefit of any and every change at work, whether it is advice on giving up smoking or the introduction of high-performance management techniques. But that is also the…

Simon Pickvance is an honorary research fellow at the School of Health and Related Research at the University of Sheffield, and senior adviser at Sheffield Occupational Health Advisory Service.

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Occupational Health at Work June/July 2009 (vol. 06/1) pp35-36

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