Advice & guidance


The link between good health and good work

Health and work are inextricably linked; skills and good jobs can reduce health inequalities and improve the health of people of all ages.

There is now clear evidence that good health should improve an individual’s chances of finding and staying in work and of enjoying the consequent financial and social advantages. There is also compelling evidence that work has an inherently beneficial impact on an individual’s state of health. Work is known to be good for mental health and to aid recovery even for those with the most severe of conditions. Unemployment is known to be bad for mental health and the longer people are out of the workplace the harder they find it to return and the greater the impact on their health and well-being.