Employers are not confident in employee wellbeing policies

The results are out from Edenred’s 2015 annual study into employer attitudes of wellbeing, and there are some interesting statements and numbers that have been released.

The top headline is that wellbeing is a priority for only one in four employers.  Around 26 per cent of the 422 respondents, who all worked in HR, said that wellbeing was a priority. Meanwhile 20 per cent described it as ‘nice to have’ with the remainder saying it was ‘important but not a priority’.

This approach to wellbeing is despite the fact that most HR professionals believe there is a link between employee wellbeing and organisational performance, with 97 per cent saying that is the case. 64 per cent said that HR policy is critical in improving employee wellbeing. 

In roughly 4 in 10 organisations, progress on health and wellbeing is blocked by indifference from the senior management and for 55% of respondents, culture remained the biggest challenge to overcome.

HR teams themselves also need to work harder to position health and wellbeing as a business and people issue with only 37 per cent saying it was core to their people strategy. 

Healthy Performance can help Human Resources Departments make a real impact on the health of their staff and the wellbeing of their organisation.  We can assist with drafting proposals and making the business case for health and wellbeing to Boards, Senior Management Teams and Managers in the business.  

Finally, many organisations make significant investment in benefits which can improve employee health but fail to promote them effectively. Healthy Performance can bring creativity in supporting wellbeing plans and events. To discuss the benefits of a robust employee health and wellbeing strategy, please contact the HP Team on 01295 230120.