Staff well-being is an increasingly relevant and necessary consideration in the modern workplace. Understanding the risks to workers in relation to stress and wellbeing is an increasingly important responsibility for the modern employer.
The cost to the UK industry from sick leave caused by mental ill health has been calculated at about £8.4 billion. On top of that, the UK has the unfortunate honour of leading the European league tables for levels of stress and obesity. So the need for interventions to promote physical and mental health has never been greater.
All businesses seek to be in a healthy state. If their employees are in a good state of health and well-being, this must surely contribute to successful performance, according to the Institute of Directors in its guide to well-being at work (2006). They comment that healthy and fit employees are essential to ensuring a company remains efficient and profitable. CIPD research shows that health and well-being in the workplace is steadily rising up the business agenda as more employers recognise the benefits and contribution that can be made by introducing workplace health and wellness solutions.
Employers who engage in workplace wellbeing programmes see:
- a reduction in sickness absence
- an increase in staff morale and motivation
- higher performance levels
- better staff retention
- The role of management in promoting wellbeing is increasingly recognised by companies and employers, but also (in the UK) through recommendations from the Health and Safety Executive. Management is crucially positioned to identify and address signs of stress at an early stage. Appropriate and timely intervention can prevent many problems from escalating, and can improve workplace function through ensuring appropriate workloads and good interpersonal communication. This in turn helps to lower absenteeism and staff turnover, and to improve productivity.
We can help you to provide the following onsite solutions to look after the wellbeing of your staff:
- Training workshops of varying lengths on many topics
- Through the clothes massage treatments (Including seated acupressure massage, neck and shoulder massage, Japanese hand and arm massage and Indian head massage)
- Resilience and mindfulness sessions
- Healthy eating session
- Health checks (height, weight, BMI, cholesterol, glucose, body fat %)
- Fitness classes
- Meditation and visualisation sessions
- Yoga and Tai Chi
- Away days