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What is good work?

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The health benefits of good work have been trumpeted – but what, exactly, is good work?

That’s the question that Department of Work and Pensions minister Lord McKenzie has called on businesses, charities and government to answer in a series of four events, the first of which was hosted by the Work Foundation earlier this week.

Lord McKenzie said: “We know that good work is beneficial for individuals, communities, and the economy. But we need to figure out exactly what ‘good work’ is, so that we can ensure workplaces are happy, healthy and productive.

“This may necessitate a radical rethink, including addressing outdated work practices, increasing flexible working, cutting red tape, and promoting effective and open work cultures.

“Positive changes will reduce the number of days lost to ill health and injury, and allow people to remain in and return to work quicker. A collective effort is essential to achieve this – government must work alongside businesses, charities and healthcare professionals.”

Following the seminars, the Work Foundation will produce a summary report which will aim to provide a definition of ‘good work’.

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