With more than 31 million working people in theUK, workplaces provide a great opportunity to reach out to these people and support them to improve their health and wellbeing.
In fact, 85 per cent of UK workers feel their employer has a responsibility to look after their health and wellbeing. This is not a surprise when almost two thirds of employees say their work life may have a negative impact on their health and wellbeing.
Despite this, many employers aren’t prioritising employee’s health and wellbeing, and are missing out on the benefits this can bring. In fact, two in five UK companies offer no health or wellbeing benefits and three in 10 employees said that, when it comes to wellbeing, their company is all talk but no action.
Bupa’s latest research shows that almost 60% of UK workers admit, if they felt happy at work, they would be more productive and over 50% would feel more focused. Employees who are involved in their health & wellbeing are more likely to perform well, have lower healthcare costs and take fewer sick days.
So, what should Employers be doing?
While some UK employers realise that future success depends on a healthy, motivated workforce, far more need to take action and lead the way in supporting every employee to take the right steps to keep healthy and well, and reduce future health risks.
Smart employers know that healthy employees come to work, perform at their peak and go the extra mile
Businesses need to take action and think beyond health insurance and traditional health benefits. Greater focus must be placed on creating an environment where employees are engaged and supported to lead healthier life styles and keep well, both physically and mentally. Not only will this benefit the individual, but smart employers know that healthy employees come to work, perform at their peak and go the extra mile.