EfH Management Conference 2008 - Conference Publication

EfH Conference Publication:
"Achieving Business Excellence - Health, Well-Being and Performance"

The brochure includes articles written by experts as well as company contributions that provide an overview of the different approaches utilised by organisations in tackling the conference topics.
This publication is designed to disseminate knowledge and to promote good practice: Healthy societies need healthy employees in healthy enterprises.


  • The European network "Enterprise for Health" (EfH): managing healthy work - learning from each other
  • The role of corporate health and workplace partnership in Europe's economies - nice to have or key to strategic asset?
  • Developing the business case for investing in corporate health and workplace partnership - indicators and instruments
  • Healthy ageing - a challenge for business and societies
  • Mental health and leadership: practices and policies
  • Innovation and change: organising work to meet the challenges of a knowledge economy
  • Healthier lifestyles - maintaining employability and quality labour forces in changing workplaces

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Abstracts of the EfH Conference Publication

Tackling health in employee attitude surveys - an Enterprise for Health network project 

Dr. Viola Weber
European Information Centre, BKK Bundesverband GbR (BKK Federal Association of Company Health Insurance Funds), Germany 
Dr. Franz Netta
Central HR Services, Bertelsmann AG, Germany

Employee attitude surveys have been used for decades to assess workplace satisfaction and organisational climate - at the same time demonstrating a culture of participation within an organisation. They often serve as an accompanying measure to evaluate or initiate processes of organisational restructuring or development. 


Managing stress at work through work organisation and job design 

John Griffiths and Ava Fine
work2health, Cardiff, United Kingdom 

This paper briefly identifies the scale of the problem and describes in greater detail the actions taken by the UK's Health and Safety Executive to enable and support organisations in their efforts to reduce the causes of stress at work. The paper will also show how employers have addressed the need to examine the way in which work is organised and jobs are designed as a means of tackling the problem of work related stress. 


New forms of work organisation: the high road to innovation 

Prof. Dr. Peter Totterdill
UKWON Ltd. (The UK Work Organisation Network), United Kingdom 

Policy makers, social partners and others have an interest in promoting types of work organisation which enable all employees to use their talent and creative potential to the full. For business this creates indispensable conditions for innovation and enhanced productivity though workforce motivation, retention and innovation.  


Stress and well-being at work - the costs and challenges 

Prof. Dr. Cary Cooper
Organisational Psychology and Health, Management School Lancaster University, United Kingdom 

The enterprise culture of the 1980s, and the Americanized workforce of the 1990s and early 2000s helped to transform the economies of the developed world. But, as we were to discover, by the end of these decades, there was a substantial personal cost for many individual employees. This cost was captured by a single word – stress.  


Beneficial return on investment in Workplace Health Promotion - setting the evidence base for a sound allocation of activities

Dr. Wolfgang Boedeker, Ina Kramer
Initiative Health and Work (IGA), BKK Bundesverband GbR (BKK Federal Association of Company Health Insurance Funds GbR), Germany 

In modern societies, work is the source of most individual, corporate and community wealth. The world of work therefore is particularly vulnerable to disruption caused by illness among employees. Illness can involve a temporary absence, lead to reduced productivity, to long-term disability or even to premature death. It can also end careers with a consequent loss of knowledge, skills and experience from companies and public organisations. 



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