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Corporate and individual health

An article attempting to merge the concepts of corporate welfare and organisational health has been published

Devised and built to produce profit, the modern and prudent corporate organisation evolves into something more complex and varied, far from the simple mechanism that transforms raw materials into finished products. This is one of the results of the era where companies and productions have found themselves to act. A complex condition, which beside profit and rationality of production also involves the social responsibility of productive action as one of the organisational cornerstones of the modern company.

The article by Anna Taglioli (from the Department of Political Sciences of the University of Pisa) tries to put together in a single reasoning the drives towards the growth of corporate welfare and the best possible “organisational health”.

The work starts with the consideration that the current social make-up extends the concept of health from the mere psycho-physical aspect to that related to risk and social vulnerability. Health is therefore not just an individual condition, but it also has to do with collective assets. In other words, it could be said that the health of each individual becomes a public asset. With other protections therefore and other developmental horizons.

In this context, production organisation and “corporate collectivity” play an important role. This is where individuals spend a good part of their active life; it is from this organisational context that positive drives or negative pressures can also develop under such profiles.

According to Anna Taglioli, a new way of co-ordinating knowledge about health and knowledge about the organisation is required.

The author writes as follows in thee presentation of her work: “The economic and social changes as well as the new risks deriving from public welfare and the rise in conditions of stress and insecurity – both on a European and on a national scale – make corporate welfare a significant challenge for social well-being”. Again: it is possible to improve the “psycho-physical health and the social well-being of individuals and of the working community, as well as of the territories in which companies operate” by looking at corporate welfare  in a new light.

In fact it is a renewed aspect of the culture of good business, which observes social change that is reflected within production organisation and learns from it to improve the end results of production itself, looking not only for pure and simple profit.

Anna Taglioli’s work thus provides a contribution for further investigation and clarification of the strong ties between individual and social health and corporate organisation.

Welfare aziendale e salute organizzativa: quale benessere e per chi? (Corporate welfare and organisational health: which well-being, and for whom?)

Anna Taglioli

Salute e società (health and society), 2016 Fascicolo (Leaflet) 3, pages 75-87