Happy Me is a Happy We

Happy Me is a Happy We

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about 3 years ago

by Sian Cox

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Why Corporate Wellbeing is All About ‘Me’ - It’s believed that presenteeism is the UK’s biggest threat to productivity.

A key issue for organisations that want to look after the wellbeing of their staff. In a recent survey by the Chartered Institute of Personnel Development (CIPD) 72 percent of organisations consulted said they had experienced presenteeism over the past 12 months, and a further 29 percent had seen an increase in the issue.

Healthy and highly engaged employees are, on average, up to 30 days more productive and organisations promoting health and wellbeing are 3.5 times more likely to be creative and innovative. Aside from an increase in creativity and productivity, retention and the attraction of talent is also assured when employees feel like their health and wellbeing needs are being catered for. 

The provision of employee wellbeing services is vital for employee engagement and creating a positive working culture. Wellness programmes need to stem from a well thought out and measured strategy. The programme should allow for a good balance of company-wide initiatives and personalisation, both in and out of work, and cover a broad spectrum of factors such as physical, mental, social and financial health. Gone are the days of simply offering a free gym membership or a weekly box of fruit to staff. A successful organisation will go on a journey with their teams, which will see education, information sharing, recognition and reward as part of the strategy. This is where personalisation is key and ultimately helps to ensure a successful strategy engaged with by as many of the employees as possible.