Work and Wellbeing Letitia Booty · 27 September 2017
Federation of Small Businesses puts SME health and wellbeing on centre stage
A new campaign to address the health and wellbeing of the UK’s small business community has been launched in response to an alarming growth in issues across the UK’s workforce. Sickness and absence costs the UK 29bn a year, and research from the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) shows that the number of small businesses seeking advice on mental health has doubled in the last five years. The new drive will see the FSB teaming up with Public Health England and other organisations such as mental health charity Mind, and aims to help its members and the wider SME community reap the benefits of a positive approach to wellbeing.
Together, the organisations have produced a guide to provide small business owners and the self-employed advice on how to approach conversations about stress, mental health, managing pressure and loneliness, and other challenging topics. Mike Cherry, FSB national chairman, said: Small business owners can play a vital role in improving the lives of their employees through a variety of actions from innovative and new ideas to simple steps such as encouraging more activity and regular breaks. there’s never going to be a one size fits all? approach, and not every idea will be suitable for every business. We are, however, seeing some real innovation from small business owners for themselves and their teams. It is important that small business owners find the ideas that work for their business, themselves and their staff.
ABOUT THE EXPERTLetitia Booty
Letitia Booty is a special projects journalist for Business Advice. She has a BA in English Literature from the University of East Anglia, and since graduating she has written for a variety of trade titles. Most recently, she was a reporter at SME magazine.