This guideline covers how to improve the health and wellbeing of employees, with a focus on organisational culture and the role of line managers.

In March 2016, NICE added recommendations about older employees, aged over 50 in paid or unpaid work.


The guideline includes recommendations on:

Who is it for?

  • Employers, senior leadership and managers (including line managers), human resource teams and all those with a remit for workplace health
  • Employees, people who are self-employed, and other members of the public

Guideline development process

How we develop NICE guidelines

Next review: To be scheduled

Your responsibility

The recommendations in this guideline represent the view of NICE, arrived at after careful consideration of the evidence available. When exercising their judgement, professionals are expected to take this guideline fully into account, alongside the individual needs, preferences and values of their patients or service users. The application of the recommendations in this guideline is not mandatory and the guideline does not override the responsibility of healthcare professionals to make decisions appropriate to the circumstances of the individual patient, in consultation with the patient and/or their carer or guardian.

Local commissioners and/or providers have a responsibility to enable the guideline to be applied when individual health professionals and their patients or service users wish to use it. They should do so in the context of local and national priorities for funding and developing services, and in light of their duties to have due regard to the need to eliminate unlawful discrimination, to advance equality of opportunity and to reduce health inequalities. Nothing in this guideline should be interpreted in a way that would be inconsistent with compliance with those duties.

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