Work-life balance is a term that employees often cite when switching jobs and which employers are keen to demonstrate they give thought to and prioritise.
In an era when employees feel that they have to always be available, whether they are in the office or at home in the evenings or weekends, the importance of maintaining health and wellbeing is never far from people’s thoughts.
A 2017 survey by Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (“CIPD”) highlighted the impact that poor employee wellbeing has on businesses:
· 37% of sufferers are more likely to get into conflict with colleagues;
· 57% find it harder to juggle multiple tasks;
· 80% find it difficult to concentrate;
· 62% take longer to do tasks; and
· 50% are potentially less patient with customers or clients.
Many employers are beginning to recognise the detriment of poor employee wellbeing on their business but also are increasingly concerned to safeguard their employees’ welfare and health. Examples of this include, the introduction of healthy eating initiatives, running clubs and team sports events. From a mental health perspective, there has been an increased focus on developing initiatives to boost mental health awareness and on fostering an open environment where employees can raise any mental health issues they may be working through.
In a CIPD survey one year on (2018), they found that the greatest risk to employee wellbeing is psychological, which is reinforced by these statistics:
· 37% of organisations report that stress-related absence has increased;
· 55% say that reported common mental health conditions have increased (41% in 2016); and
· 51% are increasing awareness of mental health issues across the workforce compared with 31% in 2016.
A combination of exercise, healthy eating and promoting a positive mental health attitude in the workplace helps to reduce stress, improve mood and boost employee engagement and productivity.
The statistics and the science would certainly indicate that investing in your employees’ wellbeing is money well spent!