chapter  13
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Employee well-being

The extent to which the individual employee experiences a sense of well-being while at work has long been a central issue for those companies which understood the signifi cance of people management for organizational success. Since the last quarter of the nineteenth century, with the infl uence of the great Quaker companies in the UK, there has always been a strand of management philosophy which believed that recognizing the interests of employees and incorporating a duty of care towards them are not only morally desirable policies, but are also likely to inculcate commitment and a reciprocal sense of duty in return. The question ‘what is work for?’ is at the heart of much of the current debate about capitalism and the role of the state, in which attempts are being made to look for new solutions following the fi nancial crash. It would seem that every economic crisis is only a crisis because it is also a crisis of conscience.