Recent data from the HSE revealed that 1.4 million UK workers suffer from work-related ill health (eg conditions such as stress, depression, anxiety, musculoskeletal disorders or other illnesses that are caused or made worse by work). What’s more, 26.8 million working days were lost in this past year as a result of work-related ill health—totalling a £9.7 billion price tag across the country. Clearly, employee well-being is something we cannot afford to ignore.

At a glance, employee well-being affects your company’s bottom line in many ways. Implementing workplace well-being initiatives can help control costs, increase productivity, reduce workplace accidents and staff turnover, decrease absenteeism and raise employee morale. And because employees spend many of their waking hours at work, the workplace is an ideal setting to address health and well-being issues. Consider the following reasons for implementing a workplace well-being programme within your organisation: Healthier employees are more productive.

Research shows that workplaces with well-being programmes have employees who are more productive at work. Healthier employees miss less work. Healthier employees mean less sick leave, which is another benefit companies generally achieve through well-being programmes. Plus, employees’ healthier behaviour may translate into better family choices, so employees may also miss less work caring for ill family members. Reduced absenteeism can create significant cost savings and return on your well-being investment.

Consider the following reasons for implementing a workplace well-being programme within your organisation:

  • Healthier employees are more productive. Research shows that workplaces with well-being programmes have employees who are more productive at work.
  • Healthier employees miss less work. Healthier employees mean less sick leave, which is another benefit companies generally achieve through well-being programmes. Plus, employees’ healthier behaviour may translate into better family choices, so employees may also miss less work caring for ill family members. Reduced absenteeism can create significant cost savings and return on your well-being investment.
  • Well-being programmes can reduce employers’ liability costs. Employees who make healthy changes and lower health risk factors often have a lower chance of a workplace injury or illness or a disability. In both cases, this can save the employer money, not just on insurance, but also the replacement cost of recruiting and training a new worker to replace one out of work for health reasons.
  • Well-being can create higher morale and improve recruiting. A company that cares about its employees’ health is often seen as a better place to work and well-being programmes can attract top talent in a competitive market. In addition, expressing a commitment to your employees’ health can improve employee morale and strengthen retention. Employees can experience many potential benefits after joining a well-being programme, including:
  • Increased well-being, self-image and self-esteem.
  • Improved coping skills with stress or other health factors.
  • Reduced risk for developing chronic or life threatening conditions.
  • Easier access to health improvement programmes and convenience can increase motivation to improve health.
  • Improved overall health.
  • Access to needed social support, as co-workers strive towards. healthier lifestyles as well.
  • Improved job satisfaction.
  • Safer and more productive work environment.

More than anything, employees who experience these positive changes and benefits will often feel more loyalty to the company and grateful for the company’s commitment to their health.

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