Professor Sir Cary Cooper launches wellbeing forum with major global companies


Professor Sir Cary Cooper, 50th Anniversary Professor of Organizational Psychology and Health at Alliance Manchester Business School (Alliance MBS) and Dr. Paul Litchfield, Chief Medical Officer of BT,  are to hold a health and wellbeing national forum for HR Directors and Chief Medical Officers from leading global companies and major public sector institutions.

The forum, supported by Alliance MBS, will take place on Friday 2nd December at Shell’s headquarters in London, and will be attended by 20 senior HR professionals and Chief Medical Officers from organisations including Shell, BT, Rolls-Royce, NHS England, BP, Marks & Spencer, Barclays, John Lewis Partnership, GSK, Government, etc.

In holding the meeting, Professor Cooper is hoping to create a dedicated forum for health and wellbeing to make a concerted effort to improve workplace wellbeing in the UK and globally. This will be through inspiring organisations – and the leaders within them – to challenge the thinking surrounding opportunities that healthy, high performing employees can bring to an organisation and to the productivity of the nation.

Professor Cooper will be at the forefront of driving this initiative forward with the support of Alliance MBS and its academics. At the first meeting, Sharon Clarke, Professor in Organisational Psychology at the Business School, will be leading a review on how line managers are responsible for wellbeing at work. From this, the forum hopes to explore how to implement good practice and how to form policies to support a healthy workforce.

Professor Sir Cary Cooper said of the forum: “We will be exploring, with the help of international experts, issues like the role of line managers in creating healthier workplaces and enhancing productivity, the impact of technology on working people’s lives (for example email, social media), the impact of a multi-generational workforce on health and wellbeing, the long working hours culture and flexible working, and how can we help the SME sector in creating ‘good work’, among other topics.

The hope for the National Forum for Health and Wellbeing is to kick-start an ongoing conversation around workplace wellbeing with top organisations, which will set a precedence for all businesses in the UK and globally. The first meeting will mark the beginning of establishing a long-standing forum which will be held quarterly throughout the year, to discuss a wide range of topics surrounding workplace wellbeing. Each one of the meetings will be held at one of the major founding partner’s premises.

The forum will create a ‘go to’ body for human focussed performance and will ultimately reinforcing the approach that “good health is good for business”, and “good business is good for health”.


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