Is that aspect of human resource management concerned with protecting and improving the welfare of employees. Welfare work is long-established and, in Britain, emerged from the policies of paternalist employers (many of whom were Quakers) in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. The early paternalists appointed welfare officers to oversee provision of canteens, housing, education, sports facilities, and other services for employees and their families. Welfare work continues to be an important feature of HRM and its contemporary expression is the vogue for well-being or wellness initiatives. Welfare work originates from a complex set of concerns: on the one hand arising from a desire to behave as a good employer, whilst on the other being motivated by a hard-headed concern to raise productivity by improving worker health. [See also employee advocate and employee assistance programme.]
Subjects: Human Resource Management.