How Employee Health Screening is the focal point of a Health & Wellbeing Programme
There are a number of factors that can be attributed to the health problems of the UK workforce including poor diets, obesity, and workplace stress amongst others. Although the government must play their part in promoting and educating individuals to lead healthier lifestyles, employers and employees also have a role to play. For individuals it means taking a more proactive approach and responsibility for their own health and lifestyle choices whilst employers must go beyond the legal ‘duty of care’.
An increasing number of organisations are implementing Health & Wellbeing Programmes in the workplace. Until now these initiatives have been regarded as ‘perks’ or employee benefits but the health and wellbeing of an organisation’s employees is of paramount importance for future success and growth. Employee health is fast becoming a ‘factor of production’ with the government and economists arguing that Health & Wellbeing needs to be taken as seriously as research & development, marketing & advertising and technology. The business benefits of a healthy workforce mean reduced sickness and higher productivity.