If your office is anything like ours, then you and your colleagues are more than likely to be experiencing your first autumn cold which, as we all know, can spread around the office in no time. It can hit some people harder than others and it can lead to the odd day off.
As we head into autumn and winter, alongside thousands of employee health checks and various workshops and health promotions, we’re busy delivering flu vaccination programmes and despatching flu vouchers to organisations around the country that are being proactive about their employees’ health and wellbeing.
Sickness absence is just one of the many reasons to introduce a health and wellbeing programme. Do you know what sickness absence is costing your business? There are a number of statistics in circulation but recent data points to an average of 6.3 sickness days per employee per annum and a cost per employee of between £522 and £666 (much higher in the public sector). Other startling statistics suggest that the cost to employers of workplace injury and illness is £2.8 billion per annum. Head to our online sickness absence calculator to find out what the cost is to your business.
It’s really good to hear that 1:10 organisations now have a wellbeing strategy, but this leaves 9:10 that don’t have a well thought-out plan and a programme of proactive measures to promote health and wellbeing of employees. If you’re one of the 9, (or if you do have a strategy but need help to reinvigorate it) contact us today on 0800 170 1777 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to find out how we can support you. Or why not come along to our next event: How to Build an Effective Wellbeing Programme, at Wembley Stadium on 28th November. We’re delighted that our special guest, Karl Simons (Head of Health, Safety, Security and Wellbeing at Thames Water) will be sharing his experiences of building and developing the Thames Water wellbeing programme and he’ll be sharing his top tips for success. We hope you see you there!