Why be Proactive about employee wellbeing.

Employee Well being- Top 10 Reasons to be Proactive


  1. Musculoskeletal injuries are common and account for 30% of all GP consultations. Taking proactive measures to identify the risk factors that may predispose your employees to developing a musculoskeletal injury, treatment can begin to correct them before an injury occurs. This will reduce sickness absence and presenteeism which has huge cost saving to your business, latest figures show the average number of days lost per musculoskeletal injury is 15.9 days. Taking a reactive approach by waiting until an employee is absent from work or struggling at work is more costly.
  2. Recent studies suggests that unproductive workers who are present have a more dramatic impact on costs. Presenteeism accounts for 71% of the total cost of lost productivity. Rarely is presenteeism calculated.  It can cost up to seven times more than sickness absence. Measuring presenteeism allows companies to establish the monetary impact presenteeism is having on revenue generation. Taking a proactive approach to address the musculoskeletal injuries or psychological ill health reasons for presenteeism, will provide the  business with an opportunity for cost saving, increasing employee engagement, profitability and growth.
  3. It is more imperative than ever to keep your workforce healthy with an aging workforce. The number of employees over 60 years is forecast to increase by 13% by the end of the decade. With abolition of the fixed retirement age, growing numbers are choosing to continue to working into their sixties and beyond.
  4. The Work Foundation concluded that for every £1 invested in wellbeing initiatives, businesses get a return of £3. Research by the department of works and pensions found consistent evidence that health and well-being initiatives reduced absence rates and improved productivity in all 55 companies researched.
  5. Musculoskeletal injuries and psychological ill-health are the primary causes of sickness absence and presenteeism, any proactive measures to address both will result in a healthier more engaged optimally performing workforce.
  6. Psychological ill-health is prevalent, 1 in 4 individuals at work will have a problem with stress, anxiety or depression. A “Workplace health survey” published by the heart foundation reported that 49% of employees feel stressed at work. Unlike physical health problems, individuals are less likely to report a psychological ill-health problem to the employer or work colleagues. Our highly experienced Clinical Psychologists offer training on how to best manage stress, anxiety and burn out prevention. This training will provide your employees the tools to manage psychological difficulties.
  7. Figures from the Health and Safety Executive (2012) show that some 18,000 employees in the banking and finance industry filed stress related claims for 2010/2011. Dealing with law suits is costly, it can harm a company’s reputation and brand, leaving lasting negative associations. Taking a proactive approach is cost saving.
  8. From a Health and safety perspective, presenteeism can lead to impairment of cognitive function (reasoning, memory, decision making) and motor function. Impairment of these functions can lead to a higher level of incidents/near misses and a higher level of accidents.
  9. Frequent presenteeism is associated with longer term sickness absence at a later date.
  10. Employees are a companies most valuable asset and the employee’s productivity is a core component of a company’s ability to generate revenue. Companies that invest in employee health and well being programmes leads to increased employee engagement and productivity, reduced employee turnover, improved morale and improve the companies brand.