Because employers it is critical to the success of your company and employees you know you produce better work when you are feeling great. Does this sound like You? You seem to get a little sick far too often? You find yourself grumbling about odd aches and pains at the end of almost every day? Have you thought about ‘How happy are you at work?’
Experts, everyone from anthropologists to medical professionals to human resources specialists agree that there really is a direct positive link between employee health and wellness (both mental and physical) and employee performance. They also agree that, from an employee point of view, a job that makes them unhappy, or does not encourage healthy practices will put their wellbeing at risk.
But we know, in order for a company to make big changes – especially if those changes might cost money, most higher ups need a lot more convincing, usually in the form of verifiable facts. Just being told ‘this is a great idea’ is rarely enough (even if it really should be) Well, how about the fact that in 2014, Occupational Care South Africa and Statistics South Africa released the shocking statistic that the country was losing R16-billion a year to absenteeism. Around 15% of employees were absent on any given day.
This lead some companies to take the issue far more seriously. R16 billion is a lot of money. And having up to 15% of your employees fail to show up for work? That can cripple a firm very quickly.
Why Wellbeing at Work is So Important.
Things are beginning to change though. According to global certifier the Top Employers Institute, multinational companies with operations throughout South Africa have dramatically reduced their absenteeism rates by targeting employee wellbeing. In fact, over the past four years, the rate of absenteeism noted in the Top Employers Africa Certification Programme’s research has reflected that. In 2016, the average absenteeism rate for all Top Employers was 5%. In 2017, it dropped to 3%.
And it’s not just big companies that can benefit, there are similar stats available that include smaller concerns as well. But just what is that these companies are doing that is proving to be so very successful (and helpful to their bottom line)? According to the Top Employers Institute survey, the employee health programmes being implemented include all the following and more:
- Stress management seminars/education
- Time management seminars/education
- Employee assistance regarding mental health
- Employee financial education (money is a huge source of worry and stress for people)
- Occupational health initiatives, including employing an in-house doctor and/or occupational health professional
- Gym membership subsidies
- General health screening programmes
- Smoking cessation programmes
- Weight management/ nutritional programmes
- Motivational rewards programmes to encourage employees to meet health goals
- An increased focus on employee recognition, a proven way to increase job satisfaction and mental wellbeing.
Why Wellbeing at Work is So Important
While not all of these initiatives are within the reach of every firm – a small company may not, for example, be able to afford to employ a dedicated medical professional, any company can take aspects of these successful practices and put them to work for them.
In addition, as this is an issue that is growing in importance and recognition, there are experts out there who can help companies of all sizes and in many niches implement an employee wellness regime that will work for everyone, employees and employers alike. Reaching out to them may be one of the most beneficial acts employers can do not only for their employees’ wellbeing but for the health of their company’s bottom line as well.
Now that you have the answer to ‘Why Wellbeing at Work is So Important’ but are still a little unsure as to how to implement a ‘Wellness Program’ into your company simply call us and one of our consultants will explain how FastPulse can help you make the difference.