WELLNESS AT WORK
MAKE YOUR BUSINESS A SUCCESS
The importance of employee health and well-being has risen sharply up the public policy agenda over the past ten years or so, encouraging a broader and more sophisticated understanding of what the concept means in UK organisations. Historically, measures to safeguard the well-being of employees focused on the much narrower management of ‘health and safety’ and steps to reduce the risk of injury and ill-health associated with work.
In a report published in January 2016, the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development warned organisations which fail to implement health and wellbeing policies, despite being aware of their importance, are putting employee and business health at risk.
The report, Growing the health and wellbeing agenda: From first steps to full potential, highlights a ‘wellbeing vacuum’ in UK workplaces, with fewer than one in ten organisations implementing a standalone wellbeing strategy that supports the wider business goals. It found the average cost of absence now stands at £554 per employee per year, a cost that less than two-fifths of organisations regularly monitor, while wellbeing was taken into account in business decisions only to a little extent, or not at all, in 57 per cent of cases.
We believe that to put wellbeing firmly on the business agenda, we need to change conversations around the business case for wellbeing programs from ‘cost avoidance’ to ‘shared value creation’ and highlight what organisations stand to gain, rather than lose.
Workplace health and well-being has risen sharply up the public policy agenda over the past decade. This has been accompanied by growing recognition of the positive link between employee well-being and long-term organisational health. There also appears to be a much broader understanding and application of holistic health and well-being approaches on the part of many organisations. We welcome this progress but believe that there is still considerable scope for wider and more integrated implementation of employee well-being initiatives in the workplace.
The world of work is moving at an ever-faster pace, and pressing environmental factors such as the ageing population only increase the responsibility on employers to not only mitigate the workplace risks to, but optimise, people’s health and well-being.
We know that an effective employee well-being programme should be at the core of how an organisation fulfils its mission and carries out its operations and not consist of one-off initiatives. It is about changing the way business is done. As well as benefiting employees, an integrated approach to health and well-being can nurture heightened levels of employee engagement, and foster a workforce where people are committed to achieving organisational success.
To truly achieve a healthy workplace an employer needs to ensure that its culture, leadership and people management are the bedrock on which to build a fully integrated well-being approach. Using a bespoke program including all aspects of physical and emotional wellbeing techniques, we can work with you to achieve real savings in costs and increases in productivity.