‘The Employee View – Health and Wellbeing in the Workplace’, survey of 1,500 UK working adults across the country found that nearly 80 per cent of employees believe that the responsibility for managing employee health and wellbeing should be shared between both the employer and employee.
- Two-fifths of UK workers say their working environment is having a negative effect on their health and wellbeing
- Majority believe that responsibility for managing employee health and wellbeing should be shared between the employee and employer
- Employees recognise that an unhealthy lifestyle reduces productivity and performance at work
- Employees feel that knowing that their employer cares about their health and wellbeing increases their loyalty, satisfaction and motivation at work
- Employees said that if they were asked about what health and wellbeing programmes they would like it would result in greater levels of engagement
- Employees said that it is important for workplace health and wellbeing benefits to not only be effectively communicated, but also to know their employer cares.
The impact of the working environment.
Respondents’ views were almost equally split about whether, or not, their working environment was having a negative impact on their health and wellbeing, such as stress, lifting heavy equipment, sitting all day, standing all day, etc. However, despite this 60 per cent felt that their health is ‘Fairly Good’.
A shared responsibility.
79 per cent of employees believe that the responsibility for managing employee health and wellbeing should be shared between the Employer and Employee – giving impetus for closer working to boost employee health. Only 7 per cent felt it was solely the employer’s responsibility.
The employee view.
These survey results have been gathered by Westfi eld Health. As a leading provider of corporate health insurance, we off er fl exible plans that work as hard as your business. We asked 1,500 UK employees from businesses across the country a range of questions about health and wellbeing in the workplace.
The three Cs: consult, communicate and care.
It’s encouraging that 75 per cent of UK working adults are engaging with health and wellbeing benefits provided to them. But more can be done by employers to encourage higher usage levels
“For my employer to actually show an interest instead of lip service”
Nearly half of employees said that they would engage more with health and wellbeing initiatives if their employer asked them what they’d like, and 30 per cent asked for better communication by the employer about what programmes are on offer to them.
74 per cent of employees agreed that it’s important for health and wellbeing to be promoted and supported.
And 74 per cent of employees also agreed that knowing that their employer cares about their health and wellbeing would make them more likely to be satisfied, loyal and motivated at work.
“Pressures at work and expectations undermine wellbeing initiatives to some extent”
Of the quarter of employees that aren’t engaging with workplace health and wellbeing the main reason why is because they look after their own health and wellbeing without needing support from work. Only 5 per cent said there was nothing that their employer could do to get them to engage with workplace health and wellbeing initiatives.
Three quarters of employees recognised that an unhealthy lifestyle reduced productivity and performance at work. Therefore for employers, enhancing the health and wellbeing of the workforce has an influence on the performance of the organisation, the quality of its products and service, and its reputation.