There is no doubt that any organisation emphasising on the health and welfare of its employees experiences high productivity levels. According to a new report becoming aware of this is making many companies consider ways of making their employees healthier. Indeed, the happiness of a worker boosts productivity in an organisation. This is agreed by almost all employers but less than half, about 47% of organisation interviewed were confident that they dealt with health issues effectively at the workplace. 30% of these organisations with a well-being strategy in place felt they were not achieving their full potential.
To understand the difference of companies that invest in employee health and those that do not you can look at a report of an approximate of what British business lose annually in lost productivity due to sick staff. Currently, these businesses lose about £77 billion in a year, with the condition being worsened by mental illnesses among employees. It is estimated that one in every four British suffers at least a single episode of some variety in their entire lives. 8% of the UK population is in suffers a state of depression.
Mental illness undoubtedly is debilitating, negatively impacting on a person’s projects and those of others. For an employee, this means low productivity for the company. Other issues surrounding cases of mental illnesses in a company include discrimination which poses an additional barrier to recover for the patients. Failure to deal with the health and well-being of workers most definitely affects their capacity to work and lower their engagement rate, relatively impacting on productivity and realising of a company’s goals.
Willis Towers Watson, a consulting firm conducted a study that revealed more effects on employees with poor health. The study on about 30,000 professionals indicated that workplaces with employees with poor health who tend to drink, smoke more, suffer from chronic conditions, have poor diets and lack sleep or exercise contribute to absence and at the same time disengagement. Considering that low levels of engagement at workplace cost businesses across the globe $7 trillion annually, there is a high need to allocate, time, resources and money to the health of employees.
A comparison of companies that boast a better bill of health and those without plans to improve the health of workers show a big difference. A 45% engagement is enjoyed by companies that have health plans for their workers while the other companies face a 38% disengagement.
More and more companies are becoming aware of how effective it is to emphasise on employee health. In order to promote engagement at the workplaces, employers are offering mental health training courses. About 38% of the workers, however, say that these activities help them to live a healthier lifestyle instead. If employers come up with more effective wellness activities, they could increase the percentage of their workers whose engagement will be encouraged. Certain departments empower employees by sending personalised messages to encourage healthy living.
Use of technology to manage health is another method by companies to boost the health of their employees. Almost half of the interviewed subjects are already using apps and wearables to manage their health. Even if these plans have challenges they lead to ideal lifestyles by the users.