Approaches to Improve Health and Wellbeing in the Workplace
Research shows that being in work is generally good for people’s health and wellbeing. Case studies indicate that helping employees to improve or manage their health can result in increased attendance and performance. The CIPD’s Absence Management Annual Survey report 2010 estimates that, on average, UK employees are absent from work 7.7 days per year. The average cost of this absence to the employer in the public sector is £889 per employee, £400 in the manufacturing and production sector and £600 in private sector service organisations or not-for-profit organisations. Corporate wellbeing therefore cannot be underestimated.
Health & Wellbeing Strategies
Employers who want to retain and develop their workforce will need to make sure that they have suitable strategies to:
- continue to protect their employees from work-related health and safety risks, as required by law
- help employees who have common minor health conditions return to or remain in work
- encourage employees to look after their own health and wellbeing and provide opportunities that enable them to do so.
“A business’s most valuable asset is, and will always be, the dedicated staff that devote themselves to delivering the work of the organisation. Healthy and fit staff are essential to ensuring a company remains efficient and profitable… None of us doubt that good staff management practices ensure that our workforce delivers our aims …. Fit, healthy staff deliver profitable businesses .”
Professor Dame Carol Black, UK National Director for Health and Work (2006–2011)
As an organisation Call of the Wild has always believed in the potential of using inspirational environments as a vehicle for the development of leadership skills and improving health and wellbeing at work.
Over the past 18 years we have evaluated the effect of this landscape on the experience of the clients . Almost universally the evidence has been that the most beneficial aspect of the experience was the opportunity that the environment provides for “deep reflection and meaning making”. In the stress-filled 24/7 world in which we live, people need the opportunity for a “time out” period. It is their opportunity to relax, breathe deeply, de-stress and gain clarity about their work and the decisions they are facing. Sometimes called mindfulness.
For excellent corporate wellbeing illicite ideas for behavioural change to tackle problems such as:-
- Mental Health – Stress management, mental resilience, staff motivation , workplace happiness
- Physical Health – Musculoskeletal disorders, manual handling, ergonomic improvement
- Other Health Issues – Healthy eating, physical activity, smoking
- Drugs & Alcohol
Interested in learning more or want to sign up for a corporate wellbeing experience? Then call our friendly team on 01639 700388.