Is your workplace healthy

The case for workforce health.

Research has shown that having a healthy workforce plan has a wide range of benefits to the workplace. Employers that put their employees first have noticed that there is a reduced staff sickness absence and staff turnover.

This has also been related to increased productivity and a happy environment to work in. We have been into different workplaces doing a number of health assessments and we have found staff are interested in finding out how healthy they are and what they can do to improve their health whether posture, cholesterol, blood pressure or even reducing weight by making healthier choices. They also report that the company are looking after them and making sure that they are well.

Take a look at some facts that we took from the British Heart Foundation about what an unhealthy and unhappy workforce really costs.

Each year 140 million working days are lost to sickness absence in the UK, costing UK businesses an estimated £29 billion.

  • Presenteeism – attending work while sick – is valued at an average cost to employers of £605 per employee per year, due to reduced productivity.
  • The financial cost to British business of mental ill health is estimated at £26 billion per year.
  • Smokers sick leave and smoking breaks are estimated to cost UK business £8.7 billion per year.
  • High staff turnover can incur huge recruitment and training costs, on top of lost revenue while new employees reach full productivity.

For every £1 spent a company can look to receive £2 to £34 on return on investment.

Business benefits of a healthy workplace are:

Improves your brand

Improved retention

Improved resilience

Higher commitment

Higher productivity

Fewer accidents

Reduced sickness

We have recently attended Health@work conference to see whats going on in the industry.

Here are a few ideas we came across which were walking meetings, health events, classes during lunch time, smoothie bikes for drinks, step challenges, office massages.

Some companies had invested in adjustable desks as well as wireless headsets.  Some stranger ideas were that you could not make internal calls or send internal emails, you therefore had to get up and chat to the person in the next office.  Also during certain hours of the day the employees had to stand and this created an active atmosphere within the workplace.

Another concern that is growing is mental health in the workplace and the rising issues around stress. Unmanaged stress can lead to heart disease, high blood pressure and sleeping problems. This could have a side effect of inefficiency, job dissatisfaction and absence from work for health related issues. One of the major programmes that companies are enrolling into the workplace are mindfulness programmes.

If you would like any information on what we can offer your workplace then look on the services section  under workplace health.

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