Why You Should Look After The Wellbeing Of Your Employees

August 10, 2017



Enhancing the health of your employees could increase their productivity. The current workplace can be a stressful environment; it’s difficult for your workforce to switch off when they are outside of work because of modern technology and also the pressures of balancing work along with family commitments.  It’s often true that many people go on holiday to catch up with their work.


The Cost To UK Businesses


Did you know that 130 million days are lost every year in the UK through sickness and poor health? Figures do fluctuate as to the cost to UK businesses but this is generally reported to be around £30bn per year. Absenteeism can have a really negative effect on every business and in a market that is increasingly competitive, it’s imperative that your workforce stays as healthy as possible and sick days are kept to a minimum.


Musculoskeletal And Mental Health Conditions


Public Health England* reports that the two most common causes of sickness absence in the UK are musculoskeletal (MSK) disorders and mental illness and that 1 in 6 people of working age have a diagnosable mental health condition and 1 in 8 of the working age population reported having an MSK problem. Statistics back up that the number of people suffering from mental health problems at work, such as anxiety, stress and depression, has risen from a quarter to a third over the past five years.


Wellbeing Days For Your Employees


These statistics make for unpleasant reading but the picture could be very different if companies looked after the health and wellbeing of their staff. Fortunately, help is at hand in the form of Wellbeing Workshops and Courses. You may be thinking that these are expensive and perhaps unnecessary but in reality it will cost your business a lot more if your staff members are absent repeatedly. The costs of investing in the wellbeing of your employees will really pay dividends on your company’s finances by increasing staff productivity and engagement.


The Benefits Of A Healthy Workforce:


  • Fewer sick days

  • Faster recovery from illness and sickness

  • Reduction in employee turnover

  • Lower recruitment costs

  • Increased Productivity

  • Better staff morale

  • Lower sick pay and insurance costs

  • Less pressure on employees to cover for sick colleagues


Wellbeing Of Employees Must Be A Priority


As a responsible employer, you should be putting wellbeing at the heart of what you do. This will lead to lower levels of absenteeism and also to employees staying with you longer which again will be cost effective as new staff will not have to be recruited and trained. 


Companies and organisations do need to look after their staff and really recognise that the work place can affect employees’ physical and mental health as well as their abilities to perform well in the work environment. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if your employees were talking about your company as a “brilliant place to work”?


It’s more essential than ever before to focus on the wellbeing of your staff


If you are looking to enhance the wellbeing of your staff, the Daniels Group runs Pick and Mix Wellbeing Days and Health Assessments where you can choose from a range of activities and workshops including nutritional advise, Pilates, yoga and Reiki to health checks and sleep and laughter workshops. You can tailor the days to suit you so why not give us a call on 01580 200048 to find out how your workforce can be healthier, happier and more productive.



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