Did you know that eight out of ten UK businesses don’t have an employee wellbeing programme in place? In fact, even some of those that do, struggle to see the benefits. Research shows that 60% of companies report their employee wellbeing to be moderate to very low, despite three-quarters of respondents claiming they have or are in the process of implementing a wellbeing strategy. Forcing the question, are employers taking the necessary steps when choosing their wellbeing strategy?
Whilst offering material things like free fruit and a table tennis table are fun ways to help relieve some level of stress in the office, your business might not actually be benefitting all that much, if at all. In fact, according to a study by Kiwi Movers, 86% of UK adults who work in an office said ‘fun features’ had no specific value. So, with this in mind - is it time to review your approach to employee wellbeing?
Whilst improving company culture has proved to boost morale and therefore team productivity, it’s worth thinking about incorporating benefits that focus more on the physical and mental health of your employees, introducing a more preventative approach. Healthcare benefits such as health screening and occupational health are designed to help identify health risks early, enabling employees to seek help quickly and prevent the problem from worsening. Benefits such as access to an online GP and counselling encourage employees to get expert advice sooner. Having these services readily available means employees won’t have to worry about waiting to get an appointment or the cost.
When it comes to implementing your employee wellbeing programme, it’s vital you consider your employees’ needs and might be worth you considering a more tailored approach. Many healthcare providers offer tailored solutions, where you can actually select which services would better suit your business and therefore better engage your employees. Although it’s worth noting this won’t be tailored to each individual, just your business as a whole.
To take this a step further, you can include a digital solution in your wellbeing strategy, that can provide support to each employee based on their needs. By simply asking a few lifestyle questions, you can provide tailored content to give a more personal experience. Whether this is by online surveys or an app for employees to log into, this solution will ensure your staff have access to all the benefits available to them as well as personalised content to offer professional advice. The digital approach will enable you to update content and monitor the health of your employees, increasing the overall visibility of your workforce.
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