What is employee well-being? It’s a hard term to define as it can be a lot of different things to different people. But at the heart of it, it focuses on keeping employees happy, healthy, engaged and motivated.
Work-related stress, depression or anxiety is a harmful reaction people have to undue pressures and demands placed on them at work. In recent years we have seen companies place more focus on mental health and well-being in the work place and taking it more seriously. And so they should, as in 2014/15 the stress accounted for 35% of all work related ill health cases and 43% of all working days lost due to ill health. A total of 9.9 million working days were lost due to work stress in 2014/15. This equates to an average of 23 days lost per case.
As well as avoiding lost working days to ill health, ensuring your employees have good health and well-being has many other benefits. A recent study reports that ‘companies with an engaged workforce with high well-being are found to have operating margins almost three times higher than companies with low.’ And a 2014 study by the UK government into worker well-being affecting workplace performance, found that “improvement in well-being will result in improved workplace performance: in profitability (financial), labour productivity and the quality of outputs or services.”
So in 2016, if you want to see higher levels of productivity and quality of work from your employees, why not consider concentrating on their health and well-being?
If you don’t know where to start, I offer work based packages concentrating on various topics, find out more here.
Whatever your business, big or small, I have a package that will improve your staff’s health, well-being and psychological outlook and in doing so take your productivity to the next level!