Employee productivity is critical in driving business results. And having a healthy workforce is critical in boosting productivity. A comprehensive survey undertaken in Australia found that unhealthy employees are absent from work, as a result of illness, for an average 18 days annually compared to only 2 days for their healthy colleagues.
And when they are at work, healthy employees were found to work 143 effective hours per month compared to only 49 effective hours for their unhealthy colleagues (Medibank, 2005).
Healthy and happy employees are fit, energetic and alert. As a result of better sleep patterns they are more attentive at work and more actively manage their personal stress levels. We work with organizations to motivate, engage and unite their employees around a common goal of better health.
Employees are increasingly under pressure to find the right work-life balance. On average the annual cost paid by employees for services such as Pilates, fitness and weight loss exceeds €500.
Two of the biggest challenges for HR professionals are hiring and retaining top talent. If you are looking to attract the best talent in your industry, you need to think beyond basic salary and benefits. This also goes for motivating and retaining existing staff, as replacing employees is an expensive business.
The truth is; only 12% of employees leave their job for more money (Talent 2020 from Deloitte Consulting). And, according to a study from Gallup, of companies who offer a holistic approach to well-being, 81% of employees are less likely to look for a new employer.
Placing employee health as a core value is a strong, positive way to differentiate your company, attract and retain the best talent.
There is a great difference between corporate identity and corporate image. One is the image the organization attempts to portray through its various brand campaigns (what the organization would like people to believe); the other is the image its stakeholders actually hold true from personal experience (what people actually believe).
Your employees are a key stakeholder group when it comes to your corporate image. Acting ethically and being responsible in facilitating their health and wellbeing will have a positive impact on your corporate image.
Not only is improving the health and wellness of your employees the ethical thing to do, it turns out that a comprehensive, strategically designed investment in employees’ social, mental, and physical health is good for the bottom-line too.
In the case of the pharmaceutical company Johnson & Johnson, it is estimated that wellness programs have cumulatively saved the company $250 million on health care costs over a 10-year period ... the return was $2.71 for every dollar spent. (Harvard Business Review, 2010).