The cost of ill health in the workplace has reached an all-time high. Rising sick leave and lowered job performance caused by poor health are costing European businesses a mind-boggling €73 billion per year.
As more businesses turn to workplace wellness programmes to tackle the issue, some sceptics argue that the return does not justify their costs. So what’s the truth here? Can wellness programmes help employers reduce the financial repercussions of bad health? The answer, most emphatically, is yes. But it might involve challenging some norms first.
The human body is made to move. When it doesn’t move, things go seriously wrong. Indeed, one of the greatest threats to workplace health today is the sedentary lifestyle of people.
One in three European workers is suffering daily from ailments, such as backache, neck pain and fatigue, as a result of sitting in front of a computer screen for hours on end. 60% claim their productivity and performance have been affected, and 32% have taken an average of two weeks off work. This is costing businesses in Europe around €73 billion a year[i]. Continue reading →
The way that your workers view health and wellbeing on a personal and professional level is becoming increasingly intertwined.
This is especially true given the ever-changing nature and expectations of today’s workforce. From global teams working around the clock, to flexible and mobile workers who are ‘always on’ and ‘always connected’, the lines between work and home continue to blur. All the while, there is pressure to be more productive.
Whether it’s using their own wearable device to monitor the number of stairs they climb between meetings, or joining a conference call from the treadmill in the company gym, employees are taking the right steps towards a healthier and more active lifestyle. Why? Because it helps them to perform at their best. Continue reading →
An increasing number of businesses are turning to workplace wellness initiatives to improve benefits for their employees. Already two-thirds of European companies have introduced enhanced wellbeing initiatives.[ii]
The biggest source of sustained static, passive and inactive behaviour in the workplace occurs when your employees are sat at their desks. In fact, most people will spend an entire seven hours of their day in this position[i].
Recent Fellowes research reveals that 48% of workers suffer from back problems, 42% neck problems, 39% fatigue and 38% headaches because of this. And, troublingly for employers, a sizeable number of them are happy to attribute their ailments to the long periods of time they spend working at a computer, or a laptop.[ii]