Within today's business environment, health and well-being is an increasingly important issue for HR Directors and Occupational Health Support Services. Sickness absence, productivity, an ageing workforce, external lifestyle matters, pressure on costs and the rise of human capital accounting, represent only part of an increasingly complex strategic contribution, employee health makes to business, organizational and personal effectiveness. In addition, employers are increasingly recognising that apart from having a healthy workforce, they also need employees who are positively engaged, socially responsible and aligned with organizational goals.
The Centre for Organizational Health and Well-Being (COHWB) at Lancaster University was founded in 2008 under the leadership of Professor Susan Cartwright. In its initial phase of development (2008-2013) the Centre was partially funded by 13 leading employers including AstraZeneca, McDonalds, Manchester City Council, Nestle UK, RWE nPower, Tesco and Unilever. As the Centre has evolved, it has attracted a significant amount of grant income from traditional research funding bodies and charities. In 2011, it launched a highly successful and innovative Blended Learning Doctorate in Organizational Health and Well-Being.
The Centre is guided by the following aims:
- To enhance the profile of organizational health and psychological well-being in its widest sense;
- To conduct high quality leading edge research of relevance and utility to Employers, HR specialists, Health and Safety Managers and Allied Health Professionals as well as the academic community;
- To engage with and influence workplace policies at a national level;
- To educate, develop and support future researchers in the field of organizational health and well-being.