Why is it important to invest in health at work?
Sickness absence costs the UK economy over £100bn a year in productivity losses. Employers will save money and do better as a business if they invest in their staff’s mental and physical well-being.
Employees take home the behaviours learned at work (positive and negative) so there is a profound knock-on effect on families. Evidence shows that business initiatives that support mental well-being are successful. Forward-thinking companies are now appointing mental health champions, instituting walking meetings and allowing flexible working patterns.
The most important ingredient is commitment at boardroom level to invest in employees’ physical and mental health. Events such as Stress Down Day UK make it easier for companies to demonstrate that commitment.
Employers urged to roll out Stress Down Day to promote workplace well-being – News Release