Have you looked at the health and wellbeing of your employees as a route to business improvement? Well you should, and here’s why.
Managing wellbeing encompasses physical and mental health that can result in improved business performance. It focuses on prevention and managing the healthy so they are less likely to fall sick. Those employees who are physically and emotionally well will perform better and are likely to be more engaged at work.
Where in the past this may have been referred to ‘perks’ or ‘staff benefits’, it is now a very simple and effective method for maintaining business performance, and should be taken as seriously as R&D or investment in technology. It is of course, very closely linked to public health, and in this regard personal responsibility plays just as important a role in aspects such as diet, exercise, and alcohol and cigarette consumption.
An employer however, can have a dramatic impact on the health of their workforce, and in order to drive business performance it is imperative that they do so. The reason being, that UK employers are bearing a significant proportion of the wider economic costs of ill-health, stress and incapacity. As the UK workforce gets older over the course of the next couple of decades, this problem will only be exacerbated.