The statistics stop you in your tracks. 37% of all work-related ill health is due to stress. The average cost of absence from work per employee per year is £554. 42% of us feel that we don’t have any friends at work. 65% of adults in Scotland are overweight.
We spend so much of our lives at work, whether that’s in an office, a care home, out on the road or on site. And the private challenges we’re tackling in our personal lives don’t just go on hold during work hours. They are still there in the background. And sometimes it’s work that’s causing them.
In our work with businesses, we’re identifying a number of main risk and health concerns, including physical, social, emotional, financial and health concerns. Let’s take physical concerns for example – many of us are too sedentary (getting nowhere near that nagging 10,000 steps our smart watches are tracking for us!) We suffer with back and headaches, chronic fatigue and often feel shut away from nature and fresh air.
More and more companies are now recognising the importance of tackling employee wellbeing in the workplace. Indeed MPs have been debating this month about the need to introduce mental health first aiders to the workplace.No two businesses are the same – different sizes, locations, staff demographic mix, interests – so we’re finding it’s important to tailor your corporate wellness activities around what your staff want and need.
So, what’s the solution? You need a wellness programme designed for your employees to benefit not only their wellbeing but also the company wellbeing. Whist the specifics will vary dramatically depending on who works in your organisation, you want to be thinking education. Think about motivating people to move more during the working day. Also think about offering a way of tracking people’s health improvements and finally think about team building to reduce social isolation.
To me it’s a no-brainer. Happier, healthier, more motivated staff who love their work. And for the company, greater productivity, a better company culture and reduction in absenteeism.
If you want to chat about how we can help your organisation, why not get in touch!