The Work Foundation has long advocated for improving working age health, not only as a benefit for the individual but to society, business productivity and the wider economy.
The loss of people from the labour market due to poor health has a considerable negative impact; presenting challenges for individuals and their families, for employers, for public services, and for government(s). The already high levels of exclusion for people with long-term health conditions will likely be exacerbated by the pressures of our aging society. We argue that this is largely preventable. By providing the right type of support, more people with chronic health conditions can be helped to remain in employment, return to work, and be happy and productive in their jobs.
The nature of the work available is often crucial, and we strongly believe that creating more ‘good jobs’ – jobs which promote good health, are fulfilling, and productive – is the foundation of a successful, inclusive and sustainable economy.