Employee health and wellbeing is now a top five boardroom issue
81% of FTSE 100 companies have an annual employee health and wellbeing programme in place
Overall, the Confederation of British Business (CBI) has estimated that the direct cost of employee absence (due to work days lost) to the economy in the UK amounted to over £14 billion in 2012. The evidence is mounting that employee health and wellbeing should form a fundamental part of any organisation’s strategy.
Companies that take proactive steps to manage and promote employee wellness and engagement can improve their financial performance by as much as 10%. Health check programmes at work have been found to reduce absenteeism and physically active workers take 27% fewer sick days (TUC Health work and wellbeing toolkit).
How can Healthy Performance make a difference to your employee health and wellbeing strategy?
In early 2015, Healthy Performance delivered 20 days of onsite employee health checks for a large UK government department across 4 sites within London. In total 280 appointments, on-site checks were made available to 420 staff. 276 appointments were filled within 3 working days (staff engagement level at 98%) and overall, 269 employees attended their health check (96% of available appointments).
Prior to their health checks, all staff were given an opportunity to complete an online health assessment (257 completed MyWellbeingCheck assessments) and their company online health results were:
Using our traffic light system it was easy to identify the mind (stress) as an organisational hotspot. We were able to dig deeper and analyse the data; two examples revealed that 64% staff were frequently concerned about being financially stretched and 73% of employees often felt annoyed or angry whilst at work or at home.
In light of these results, the department implemented personal financial planning workshops after the health check programme. Healthy Performance also made mind health recommendations such as benchmarking Employee Assistance Programme (EAP) data and educating employees on understanding stress, pressure and how to deal with it.
At the end of the health check programme, staff were given 12-month access to the online health assessment which tracked changes made to the business and improvements made. As of January 2016, the new data revealed that 42% of staff were concerned with their finances (a reduction of 22%). We also tracked that 43% of employees often felt angry (a significant decrease of 30%); the overall company mind score improved to 76% highlighting that organisational issues were gradually being overcome.
The physical health checks also revealed issues such high cholesterol and diabetes levels amongst the workforce. 73 staff were referred to their GP as a result of their health check (27% of employees who attended their appointment) as a result of high blood pressure, high cholesterol level and/or high glucose readings (diabetes). The data has allowed the department to take a proactive approach to their health and wellbeing strategy to improve staff performance and appropriate budget to the correct areas.