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Our Top 3 Reasons For Investing in your Employees

It’s the new year and many of us are focused on making changes to improve our health by joining in with increasingly popular campaigns like ‘Veganuary’ and ‘Dry January’, but have you stopped to consider how work contributes to a person’s overall wellbeing? Approximately 75% of adults in the UK are employed and, on average, they spend a third of their waking hours in the workplace. That’s a significant number of hours that have a direct impact on stress and energy levels, happiness and motivation. As a business, it’s important to ensure that your employees are healthy and happy and here’s why.

1 . Attract & retain top talent in the marketplace

According to a report by Eleventy Marketing Group, 70% of millennials said that a company’s commitment to Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) would factor into their decision to work there. CSR not only addresses a company’s commitment to protecting the environment but also to supporting their community and employees. Employees are expecting far more from their employees when it comes to their wellbeing and so the introduction of corporate wellness programs and flexible working can help to reduce staff turnover.

2 . Improve mental health

The recognition of mental health and its significance in our society has definitely increased in recent years. In fact, according to a government study last year, 11.5% of sickness absences were a result of mental health issues, including stress, depression and anxiety. This was the second cause of sickness absence across the UK, resulting in a staggering 15.8 million days lost. Designing office spaces that promote health and wellbeing or investing in your staff through wellness schemes can help to improve mental health and create a more productive, motivated and healthy workforce.

3 . Trust the experts

Ok, so you may have gotten to this point and don’t necessarily disagree with any of the above but at the same time, you’re wondering whether this is just the latest craze. Let’s take a look at the findings from the annual ‘Britain’s Healthiest Workplace’ competition which is conducted in partnership with the Financial Times and Mercer. The 2017 survey included 31,950 employees from 167 organisations and the results are really rather interesting. To cover just a few:

Interested in reading the full study? Click here.

I’m certain that the topic of wellness in our buildings and workplaces is not set to disappear any time soon, and as the benefits become simpler to quantify, employers will surely see the sense in prioritising their employees to create a happy and healthy working environment.

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