Why is wellbeing important in the workplace?
‘In the past two years, over two thirds of people have experienced a health issue, long-term condition, or disability.’
Off the back of its National Health and Wellbeing at Work survey, quizzing over 2,000 employees across the nation, Benenden Health sets out advice on how to help your business stay well.
What health issues are your employees experiencing?
Health and wellbeing at work
Poor mental health was the most widely stated issue – which isn’t too surprising given the well-documented impact the pandemic has had.
Read: Benenden Health’s ‘The Impact of COVID-19 on Mental Health’ report, which explores the range of ways in which the pandemic has affected the nation’s mental health and wellbeing.
Other common physical issues, including high blood pressure, arthritis, and diabetes, were also identified.
If health issues are managed and supported, they’re less likely to escalate. One in 10 employees surveyed had previously left a job due to a health condition.
What stops employees from asking for help?
Over a third (36%) have lied to employers about taking time off for health-related appointments. And a large majority (41%) wouldn’t feel comfortable talking to their managers about any health issues at all.
Two of the key reasons why employees won’t talk about their general health at work are fear of their team members questioning their ability to do their jobs (3 in 10 people) and fear of losing their jobs (27%).
Health and wellbeing at work ideas
Here are some ideas for wellbeing at work you can use:
Open and normalise the conversation, by showing employees health issues and conditions are a normal part of everyday life.
Using newsletters, email campaigns and intranet posts are just some ways in which you can discuss health and wellbeing. Facts and quizzes are a great way of getting employees talking, as well as educating them on various health issues.
Rewards and recognition can help employees feel more reassured and secure about their job; and show them they’re valued.
Provide a corporate health and wellbeing programme and encourage your staff to use it.
Offering a tangible health benefit such as a corporate health and wellbeing programme can let employees know that their health is a priority to you. Services such as 24/7 GP and mental health helplines that can be accessed any time, from anywhere, are a great way to show employees that you support their wellbeing all the time.
It doesn’t have to cost a fortune either. Benenden Health offers businesses an affordable, high quality, private healthcare and wellbeing product which includes 24/7 GP and Mental Health helplines. Plus, access to services including physiotherapy, private diagnosis and treatment.
Click here to find out more about Benenden Health’s services.
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