The work environment and job satisfaction are intrinsically linked. What an employee thinks about their workstation, their office, and how their wellbeing is valued will undoubtedly influence how long they plan to stay in a role.
Fellowes research supports this assertion. According to our paper,A Little Movement for Big Success , almost a third of all employees would quit their jobs because of the negative effects their working environment is having on their health. And over half of managers think they’ve lost employees for the same reason.
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.
New research commissioned by Fellowes reveals that lack of regular movement and bad posture are causing one in three workers to suffer a health problem. This is resulting in a staggering €73 billion lost across European businesses due to sickness days.
What does workplace wellbeing mean to you as an employer? Free gym membership? A basket of fruit in the staff kitchen? A chill-out room with bean-bags and soft pink walls?