Stick people lifting up a heart Employers have control over several variables that can contribute to overall health, including paid sick leave, wellness and healthy work environments.

Health equity is a hot topic in the United Kingdom, just as it is the United States. By improving the health of their employees, businesses can reap the benefits of a more productive workforce, according to a new report from the UCL Institute of Health Equity.

“The COVID-19 pandemic made clear that a failing economy damages health,” said Michal Marmot, director of the institute. “Until now, the social determinants of health equity have been the responsibility of government and civil society. Business can be part of the problem of health inequalities.

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