Wellness in the Workplace

What is Wellness in the workplace

Unplanned absenteeism costs UK businesses millions of pounds each year and has the biggest impact on small and medium businesses (SMBs).

According to the National Office for statistics, an estimated 149.3 million working days were lost because of sickness or injury in the UK in 2021, equivalent to 4.6 days per worker. We can attribute this partly to the global pandemic, but whichever way you look at the stats, the cost of poor health to our economy is high.

We would expect that staff absenteeism from sickness puts the biggest financial strain on businesses. However, the biggest cost could come with presenteeism.

“Presenteeism, or sickness presence, is the act of showing up for work without being productive, generally because ill-health prevents it”.

Just because your employees show up, are you getting them at their best and most productive? The answer is almost certainly and overwhelmingly No!

Presenteeism is reported to account for more lost productivity than missed work days due to illness – as much as between 6 to 10 times more.

It makes financial sense to improve the health and wellness of your employees. This not only saves money but boosts productivity, moral and growth of the business. 

As an employer, you need to be proactive and put the wellness of your employees at the core of your business.

You only have to look at the leading global organisations, to see how powerful supporting wellness and mental health in the workplace has become.

“Work can be good for our health if it’s well managed”

How to implement Wellness in the Workplace

Step 1. Acknowledge and define.

There are many ways that we can support your employees wellness. The first step is to acknowledge its importance to the success of your business and define what that looks like in your business setting.

The workplace has been redefined with hybrid workplace models implemented to adapt and overcome global changes in the workforce. This can have the benefits of offering employee’s greater autonomy, improved work-life balance, and savings from travel and childcare. The flip side can be a negative impact on their wellbeing which are less obvious. Loneliness, limited human interactions, and a lack of movement can manifest as both mental and physical illnesses. Regardless of whether your employees are working in the workplace environment, from home, or hybrid working, you need to ensure their wellness is being considered and protected. 

Step 2. Understand what your employees want and need.

The next step is to understand what your employees need and to engage them in the process.

Devising a strategy that adds value and is engaging is key to the success of any Wellness in the Workplace strategy. It also doesn’t have to cost a fortune and any investment will provide a positive return.

Step 3. Implement, monitor, and measure your wellness initiatives.

This is possibly the hardest of all the steps. You already have the pressures and demands of running the day-to-day activities of running a business. The team at Charlie Oscar is here to support this, while you get on with what you do best.

Through our community and ongoing support, we can ensure your initiatives are relevant and achieve their primary goal, which is making sure the health of your staff reflects the health of your business.

Ongoing webinars and workshops are available for support and continual professional development, along with our bespoke programmes that are part of our Wellness in the workplace packages.