Business leaders debate: Why responsible leadership and employee wellbeing matters

Business leaders from across the South attended the first in a series of Responsible Leadership Dinners to debate the importance of employee health and wellbeing.

Wellbeing is core to developing a healthy, engaged and resilient workforce

- Jayne Carrington,
Managing Director at Right Management Workplace Wellness

Eight leaders from Business in the Community members attended the event at City College, Southampton on Monday 27th January 2014. From creating a culture of empowerment as opposed to entitlement; to unlocking human potential a variety of issues and opportunities were discussed during the course of the evening.

David Williams, Area Director England South opened the evening with a discussion around BITC’s work on responsible leadership to date. Business in the Community has over 30 years’ experience in the responsible business field. 

By showing leadership on responsible business issues, companies can gain a competitive advantage within their sector, through increased customer loyalty, stronger brand loyalty and better employee engagement. As the social and economic environment around us has adapted, the role and characteristics of a responsible leader have also evolved.

As a member of the BITC Workwell Leadership team and advocate of responsible business Jayne Carrington, Managing Director of Right Management Workplace Wellness opened a lively discussion on health and wellbeing. The case for investing in wellbeing is clear, employee absence costs the UK economy more than £17 billion a year and trust is falling with only 40% of employees believing their bosses act with integrity.

Read a full event report here.