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As leaders and nurturers of their staff, managers have an ethical duty to provide the best working environment they can to foster well-being. Those who make an effort to promote positive change often find that their workers and the wider community will repay them in kind.

Organisations that put in place "health codes of conduct" were more likely to see higher rates of employee engagement.

For example, the employee well-being platform Limeade recently announced the winners of the 2015 Limelight awards, highlighting organisations that have turned employee wellness into a business strategy.

The awards focussed on fresh innovation, engagement and cultural integration as key factors in stand-out organisations that promote social enterprise and well-being. 

Innovative and creative measures will often see improved performance as a result. For example, recent research conducted by Cornell University found organisations that put in place "health codes of conduct" saw higher rates of commitment to health than other workplace wellness programmes. Participants surveyed found that ease of implementation was a key factor in the success of the initiative. 

As Lead Author Rebecca Robbins explained, a worker can choose to opt into the scheme from the commencement of their employment. If they choose to take part, they will be rewarded for maintaining their personal health and wellness with incentives such as recognition programmes and have their progress mapped out for them. 

The programme offers morale boosts as well as better employee health as explained by Brian Wansink, co-author of the study.

"Offering recognition is a great way to show employees that their health and wellbeing are valued by the company," he said.

What part can technology play in workplace well-being?

IT managers can help lead the way towards innovative solutions that ensure workplaces are supporting employees, with disabled staff members representing just one area where IT is supporting well-being. In the past, businesses have often struggled to fully accommodate disabled workers due to constraints around infrastructure and available technology. However, the tide is turning according to Gartner, as the organisation predicted that 50 per cent of companies in the US will have technology programmes underway in 2015 that focus on supporting this group. 

Opportunities for disabled workforce could rise as more companies initiate programmes to support them.Opportunities for disabled workforce could rise as more companies initiate programmes to support them.

The organisation called upon IT leaders to collaborate with Human Resource departments to identify where technology can be applied for the benefit of disabled workers. Solutions that ensure employees are able to fully participate in the workplace can be deceptively simple, although IT project management training may be needed to take on more ambitious projects.