Improving Employee Health
Workplace health programmes present great investments for businesses and a great opportunity for employees to improve their health. We have identified examples of the savings Small to Medium Enterprises (SMEs) have achieved through these programmes and present a summary of findings for your reference.
Across data from 41 case studies of Small to Medium Enterprises (SMEs)the following benefits were identified:
- Sickness absence reduced by 49% (range 15% - 95%)
- £196,500 (mean) savings as a result of reducing sickness absence
- 2374 fewer working days lost (average)
- 30% lower staff turnover
- Accidents in work reduced by 47%
- Productivity increases of 54% - estimated value £600,000 - £900,000
- Insurance premium reduction 28%
- Increased Health and Safety audit scores of 20%
- 14:1 return on investment
- Long term absence reduced by 86%
DHL - Droitwich
DHL implemented a diagnostic phase offering a free health MOT and a staff survey. Worcestershire Works Well supported the business to make changes, focussing support on helping staff make healthier lifestyle choices.
12 months after the initial programme the rate of short term absence has dropped and at one site the savings were £37,129 from reducing sickness absence alone.
Cooper Parrys' wellbeing programme helped their team members to make healthy choices in their lives inside and outside of work.
Their subsequent programme reduced absence by 42% to a record low of 1.23%, which resulted in a cost saving of £156,000.
National Grid developed a four year strategy to provide a work environment where employees can flourish, improving health, engagement and wellbeing for themselves, their families and the organisation.
The strategy resulted in a significant reduction in sickness absence, saving the organisation £8.9 million over two years and increased employee engagement ratings by 8% in their annual employee survey with 95% of employees completing the survey.
The reduction in absence days was roughly equivalent to 17,000 days saved per year.
Bromsgrove District Housing Trust
Bromsgrove District Housing Trust have been using Hands On At Work for a couple of years to provide the staff with seated massage sessions on a quarterly basis. From the employer's point of view the seated massage causes little disruption in the office, it boosts staff morale and provides a convenient and stress free way to care for staff health and wellbeing.
From an employee's point of view they are only away from their work for 20 minutes and yet the benefits are huge. They feel lifted, relaxed and common work based aches and pains are reduced. It gives them time away from the computers and phones to refocus, ready to return to their work for the remainder of the day.