Health is the foundation of our being. Good health makes us feel physically whole, mentally prepared and emotionally secure. This is especially true in the workplace; healthy employees work at their peak performance and are able to give their best to the organisation.
Workplace health and engagement are key to overall employee productivity. However, according to a recent Gallup study, only 21% of surveyed employees are actually engaged at work, with just 33% feeling they were thriving wellbeing-wise. These, as you can tell, are not good numbers, and show it is now of utmost importance for businesses and organisations to put employee wellbeing as a top priority. Let us explore some good reasons why it should be so.
1. Healthy employees are less absent
Absenteeism is one of the major problems plaguing workplaces. Employees often don’t come to work because they aren’t feeling well or simply because fatigue has set in and they need time off. An employee health programme that monitors and aims to improve employee wellbeing can greatly reduce workplace absenteeism. It reduces the likelihood of major illness among participants, while wellness activities let workers manage their fatigue and help them recover from performance-dropping burnouts.
2. Healthy workers perform well at work.
Healthy employees work at their best, delivering their best performance at every turn. Furthermore, they have the mental fortitude needed to buffer stress and manage it effectively, reducing the risks of workplace accidents and injury and helping them deliver satisfactory customer service. As such, a company stands to gain from a well-supported employee wellbeing program; it does not only keep its workers fit, but also improves the organisation’s image to its clients.
3. A company that promotes employee wellbeing is more likely to retain its workforce.
Health and wellness programmes can, with relative ease, turn any workplace into a clean, relaxed area that’s conducive to productivity. It reduces the likelihood that employees may experience fatigue or contract illnesses that might reduce their effectiveness or put them out of action for a while. When employees are not getting ‘industrial disease’, or their workload is not pushing them to their limits, they are more likely to stay and contribute their talents to the company for much longer.
4. Great employee wellbeing initiatives can attract great talent.
Skilled employees are hard to come by, and this is the pickiest cohort when it comes to which firms they’ll deign to interview for. They judge opportunities beyond the salary on offer and are often attracted to perks that can make working with the company worth their while. Many are particularly drawn to well-thought-out employee wellbeing programmes. Such ensures them that their health will be well taken care of, and encourages them to contribute their skills and talent to the organisation.