New guidance could boost business

An employment expert is urging Shropshire businesses to follow new public health advice to help boost their business.

Amber Bate - Employment Solicitor

Employment Solicitor Amber Bate

Amber Bate, an employment lawyer with FBC Manby Bowdler, said the latest guidance from the National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE) provided valuable insights for employers to shape their workplace policies and improve productivity.

In the recently published guidance NICE calls on employers to do to more to address poor working environments. It says tackling issues like long and irregular hours, discriminatory practices and bad management can lead to a happier and more productive workforce.

“A positive environment”

The new guidance on workplace policy and management provides advice on how to develop the culture of an organisation to create a positive environment and is aimed at employers, managers and employees.

Amber said: “An unhealthy workplace environment can have a devastating effect on your business.

“Each year more than a million people in the UK experience a work-related illness. This leads to around 27 million lost working days a year, costing the economy an estimated £13.4 billion.

“All businesses, regardless of their size, should have a clear set of employment policies, such as anti bullying and anti harassment policies, that create a positive culture in the workplace.

“Clear sickness absence and capability policies will also assist employers in addressing any absences at an early stage. If employees are happy and healthy, it leads to a more productive environment.”

Amber added: “If an organisation has clearly communicated policies and procedures, it also leaves them less open to discrimination claims or tribunal hearings. Staff will know what to expect and feel that their views will be taken into consideration and valued.”

FBC Manby Bowdler was awarded a “1 Star” status in the annual Best Companies to Work For results, which form part of the Sunday Times 100 Best Companies list, this year.

The business also invests heavily in creating a positive environment for staff to work in through initiatives like its One Green Team that promotes environmental improvements, walking groups, pool bikes, and workplace choir.

FBC Manby Bowdler has offices in Shrewsbury, Telford and Bridgnorth as well as Wolverhampton and Willenhall.

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