According to research into workplace happiness conducted by Happiness Works for Robert Half UK, almost two thirds of UK workers are stressed in their jobs. Nearly one in ten would describe their jobs as very stressful.
More and more businesses are recognising the needs of their workforce and are looking for ways to improve employee wellbeing, both physical and mental.
48% of businesses say that they offer tools to promote wellbeing to combat stress at work. One in seven provide stress management seminars and annual leave for mental wellbeing.
17% had introduced flexible working which is something that more and more employees are looking for. This is particularly useful for new parents who might otherwise find it difficult to return to work and fit it in with childcare responsibilities.
17% said that they had even introduced counselling, another 17% introduced leaving work early on Friday and 11% had put restrictions on the amount of overtime workers can do to avoid people overworking.
Phil Sheridan, senior managing director at Robert Half UK said: “Starting a wellbeing programme may come at a cost but health and happiness go hand-in-hand. Creating a working environment that encourages good health fosters a more stable workforce. It also helps facilitate better team relationships, which in turn drives employee satisfaction, performance and morale.”
It’s not just mental wellbeing that people need to look out for. There has been plenty of research into the dangers of living a sedentary lifestyle.
Some businesses have tried to combat this by changing their work environments to encourage people towards a healthier lifestyle. For those who are office based this can be particularly difficult. However, one in seven had developed ergonomic workstations or supplied healthy food or drinks for their workforce.
Cycle schemes have been taken on by one in five places. 15% have subsidised gym memberships and 9% have provided fitness tools such as step counters to get people moving.
“It’s important to remember that employees are an organisation’s most important asset. Those companies that promote and protect workers’ health are building a culture dedicated to the overall wellbeing and happiness of employees. These businesses are likely to see higher levels of staff engagement and productivity, helping them become more successful and competitive in the long-term,” says Sheridan.
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