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Employers may be missing workplace health essentials
Friday, 22 June 2007
Life after graduation
A quarter of UK employers may not be offering their staff suitable health and wellbeing facilities in the workplace because they are unsure about what they can do, a new report has found.
In a survey of nearly 900 company employees and executives, commissioned by development firm Investors in People, 31 per cent of those in management positions believed that workplace health merely equated to healthy eating.
A quarter of those company executives quizzed reported that they did not know what they could do to help their staff, while 17 per cent feared any health-related changes would not be cost-effective.
Worryingly, a fifth of the employees spoken to felt their companies attempts at improving health and wellbeing were nothing more than lip service, while a third admitted to either suffering work-related stress themselves or knowing someone that had.
Simon Jones, acting chief executive at Investors in People UK, commented: "Despite recognition of the benefits that a healthy workplace can deliver, some employers simply don't seem to understand that it is about more than just gym membership and fresh fruit.
"Our research shows that employees actually want better support and development structures to create a healthier environment - and managers should take heed.
"The bottom line is that an unhealthy, unhappy workforce will also be uncommitted and unproductive. If employers don't address this, they will see a negative impact both on individuals and the performance of the business," warned Mr Jones.