Today in the UK, there’s a bigger focus on mental health than ever before. Government investment is going up, the stigma around it is going down, and conversations about mental wellbeing are taking place across the media. Indeed, just recently Prince Harry spoke of how his mother’s death affected his mental state, both privately and at work. At the same time, the Telegraph has launched a new mental health focused podcast. And people across the country are being encouraged to speak out about the topic. Continue reading
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.
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]