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The Workplace

On average most people send 1,920 hours at work in a year!! So it makes sense that we should make the most of this time, and in a lifetime we will spend more time at work than with our families.

As employers we have a responsibility to ensure that our employees are well at work, this actually should be part of your Health & Safety policy, which is a legal requirement for all businesses

Helping your staff not only be well at work but also enjoy being at work will help your business to success. A happy healthy workforce is a productive engaged workforce.

Dame Carol Black: Wellness at Work

Dame Carol Black is a former president of the Royal College of Physicians, and led two independent reviews for government about health in the workplace says:-

“We often think of the workplace as just where we go to do our job. But the workplace is more than that. It has the potential to be a place where you can improve your health. It can be a place to promote health – both physical and mental – and a place where you can improve well-being.

“There are good business cases now showing that investing in the health and well-being of staff is really investing in productivity, investing in being more profitable; and we’ve got lots of cases where we can show that. The business case has been proven.

“Good management requires that you listen to people. Even if you are a small company, there are many little things that don’t require lots of money. You can take advantage of free smoking cessation classes. You can introduce a lunchtime walking club. You might have a yoga session at the end of the day.

Here are some facts to consider:

  • The Confederation of British Industry (CBI) estimated that last year 172 million working days were lost due to absence, costing employers £13 billion.
  • The total number of cases of work-related stress, depression or anxiety in 2013/14 was 487 000 (39%) out of a total of 1 241 000 cases for all work-related illnesses.
  • The total number of working days lost due to stress, depression or anxiety was 11.3 million in 2013/14, an average of 23 days per case of stress, depression or anxiety.