I would like to take a few minutes to introduce you to a solution to one of the biggest problems affecting modern corporate business today.
A problem likely to be costing your business hundreds of thousands of pounds every year and one that most likely has a significant impact on your productivity.
What am I referring to?
Employee health and wellbeing and how it impacts your business.
Ok, so right now you may be thinking something along the lines of…
“Oh, employee health and wellbeing, we’ve got this under control”
“Our employees are Ok, and are a pretty fit and healthy bunch”
…but please, stay with me as I think you are going to be surprised by a lot of the following information.
A recent survey by the Office of Statistics found that an estimated 137.3 million working days are lost each year in the UK due to sickness or injury, which is equivalent to 4.3 days per worker!
- 34 million days are lost through minor illnesses — such as coughs and colds
- 30 million days lost through musculoskeletal problems — including back pain, neck and upper limb problems
- 15.8 million days lost through mental health issues — including stress, depression and anxiety
Interestingly, sickness absentee rates are much higher in organisations with more than 500 employees and higher among part-time workers.
A large percentage of this absenteeism could be prevented by a more healthy lifestyle.
Did you know?
- In England and Wales, 59% of adults are overweight, of whom 23% are obese
- In Scotland, 64% of adults are overweight, of whom 27% are obese
- Physical inactivity costs the UK £20bn each year and is a serious blight on the modern workforce
And these individuals make up a large percentage of your workforce!
Let me ask you a question
If we are to accept that a Company is a collection of individuals and is therefore only as good as the people who form that Company, and bearing in mind the statistics I have just shown you, how strong is your Company?
I’ve asked this same question many times while consulting and I’m always amused by the different answers I receive.
Directors and senior managers are usually quite bullish and feel that the workforce is in good shape and there are no serious problems.
When I speak with the general workforce I usually get very different feedback as there is often an apathy and lack of enthusiasm for initiatives.
They feel that initiatives have been forced on them and so only pay lip service to the program and continue as before with no real progress which results in many initiatives being only mildly successful.
So, if you don’t have a health and wellness plan or the one that you have is not as effective as it should be, how much money are you wasting every year because of inactive and unfit employees?
And of course, it’s not all about money lost through absenteeism, is it?
Unhealthy and unfit employees often demonstrate lethargy and apathy.
They are either not around or they can present a negative image to your customers and clients.
A workforce with a bad ‘Attitude’ can cost your Company millions in lost revenue and give your business a negative image.
So what’s the solution?
There are of course any number of wellness initiatives available, however, from my experience, most of them fail in the long term for various reasons.
- They are difficult to implement
- They don’t get employee buy-in
- They are hugely difficult to manage
- Success can’t be measured
- They are not really fun for the workforce
- There is no competitive element
- They often sit in isolation and soon fall down because of lack of engagement and success
However, there is a solution, an effective solution that could save your business hundreds of thousands of pounds each year.
A solution that could increase your productivity by over 25%.
One that helps build a positive, healthy and invigorated workforce that reflects the attitude and service provided to your customers and clients.
It’s easy to implement, manage and measure and is offered with as much ongoing support as you need to create a meaningful and effective health and wellness plan for your business.
A solution that could position your business as a leading UK employer.
Fitlink is a workplace wellness solution that connects to fitness trackers and wearables that people are already using…fitlinkbusiness.com
What are you waiting for? 👆