OVER 1 IN 5 UK WORKPLACES ARE BAD FOR WORKERS’ HEALTH
A study of 2,000 full and part time UK workers, published in The Health in the Workplace Report by One4all Rewards, has “highlighted the importance of employers making a conscious effort to look after the welfare of their workers”.
In the past year, 11% of employees said that they had become ill as a direct result of their work. 22% said that they regularly suffer from high levels of stress due to work pressures. And 17% admitted that they often had problems sleeping as a result of their jobs.
23% confessed that they were underperforming in their work. When asked to estimate what impact a more positive environment would have on their performance, 22% estimated that their output would improve by over 10%.
Only 6% of workers felt that work actually had a positive impact on their health and wellbeing.
Workers in London are the worst affected according to the research, with 33% admitting that their work is suffering as they are (compared to the national average of 23%).
Declan Byrne, managing director of One4all Rewards, comments, “These are worrying findings for everyone. Not only are many workers feeling increasingly stretched and unhappy, but their employers are also losing out as stressed-out workers significantly underperform.
“Recent studies have shown how 80% of white collar workers in the UK currently work over 40 hours per week and also that developments in technology mean that it is getting harder and harder to switch off when not in the office.
“This report indicates the importance employers should be placing on ‘Workplace Wellness’ – not only out of a sense of corporate responsibility, but also as a way to boost productivity and give them a competitive edge when recruiting and retaining the best staff.
“In order to create more positive working environments, businesses need to consider how they can incentivise better behaviours. Putting out the right messages about working habits and rewarding people with health-enhancing benefits, such as fitness activities, duvet days and creating the right facilities in the office can make commercial sense as well as being good corporate behaviour.”