BITC enhances engagement and wellbeing guidelines

Business in the Community (BITC) has launched a new version of its public reporting guidelines on employee engagement and wellbeing.

The guidelines, which were first launched in May 2011 to help organisations implement consistent reporting on employee engagement and wellbeing, now also include detail informed by the expectations of the investor community. They also include updates on the business case for engagement and wellbeing, and best practice case studies from leading organisations.

The first version of the guidelines informed the development of BITC’s Workwell benchmark questionnaire, which was launched in September 2012. The questionnaire provides 25 indicators for best practice employee engagement and wellbeing and informed the first Workwell FTSE 100 benchmark results, which were announced in April.

The second BITC Workwell benchmark will be launched in September 2013. It will again measure people management of all FTSE100 organisations, but will also be open to any organisation to take part.

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Louise Aston (pictured), Workwell Director at BITC, said: “We hope the 2014 benchmark, which is open to all organisations and launches this September, will begin to show improvements in the way employers manage their people and report on their employee engagement and wellbeing, to help create happier, healthier and ultimately more productive workforces.

“This is fundamental to businesses and individuals. We have seen countless examples of lives that have been enriched and enhanced by employers creating the conditions for their people to flourish.”