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Why is occupational health worth the investment, especially now more than ever?

Over the last few months, businesses have had to adapt to major changes. Employees have been labelled as a key worker and had to push through this time working as normal with additional pressure, been placed on the government’s ‘Furlough’ scheme or have had to work from home. Whatever the circumstance for your employees, businesses will reopen and your employees are going to need your support more than ever. 

OH services such as Absence Management Referrals and Stress Intervention work alongside the employee to help accelerate their return to work, the OH professional will also support the employer in making the workplace safe in the future. However, many employers have concerns about the costs of occupational health and wonder whether the investment is really worth it.

Why is OH worth the investment now more than ever?

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Why is occupational health worth the investment?

For many employers, wellbeing solutions aren’t a priority and believe that money would be better spent elsewhere in the business. In fact, one-third of workers feel their health is neglected at work. However, a report by Deloitte shows that on average a business will find a return of £5 for every £1 spent on mental wellbeing at work. Here’s how... 

Reduces absenteeism 

Absent employees affect productivity levels because the rest of the team are required to take on their work, increasing their workload. The Society of Human Resource Management reported that co-workers are perceived to be 29.5% less productive when covering for absent employees. In addition to this, the quality of production is also affected because staff who stand-in for absent employees don’t have the same specialisation and experience.  

Increased productivity

Employees who suffer from stress, fatigue or any other ill-health will fail to do their job to the quality expected: they’ll find it difficult to focus, increasing the chance of making mistakes. In fact, research by SHP found that 30% of workers said that lack of sleep has made them less productive and 19% explain they are often late or absent as a result. 

When looking into the physical health of employees, especially with many workers working from home during lockdown, ensuring they have their display screen equipment (DSE) set up correctly is vital. If not, it could cause severe neck and back pains, in 2018, MSK problems were one of the four most common reasons for sickness absence. Occupational health solutions will run risk assessments to ensure your employees are well equipped, avoiding any muscular pain caused by DSE.

Employees understanding how to look after themselves through eating well and having enough sleep will help concentration, increasing the efficiency and quality of work that is produced, and in turn, will enhance the business’ reputation and credibility within the industry. Occupational health solutions aim to promote the importance of being fit for work and will support employees in leading a healthier lifestyle.

Increased employee retention

New benefits are in demand and one of the most requested benefit by staff is a wellness allowance, which provides access to a pot of money specifically for supporting them in staying mentally fit and well at work. The same report noted that a work / life balance ranked number one at 44% for why employees stay in their job. With the cost of recruiting new staff plus the cost of time that goes into training them, making the investment in occupational health and keeping your employees happy, healthy and productive will only have a positive effect on your business.

 

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