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 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.