Britain is in the midst of a stress epidemic, as 82 per cent of people experience it at least once in an average week, according to the marketing researching company, OnePoll. What’s more, 49 per cent of all working days lost in 2016-17 were due to work-related stress, depression or anxiety. In an effort to address this systemic issue, many UK organisations have introduced well-being programmes. Unfortunately, 77 per cent of employees don’t feel that the programmes are effective, according to recent industry research.
- To help your organisation develop a well-being programme that adequately
addresses your employees’ needs, consider the following suggestions:
- Offer flexible work schedules to help your employees achieve a healthy worklife balance.
- Give your employees the option to work from home, if possible.
- Provide access to counselling services either at your organisation or information about where your employees can go to receive counselling.
- Replace sugary or fatty snacks in the vending machines with healthier options, such as dried fruit and nut mixes.
- Arrange health promotion events at the office to provide your employees with information on lifestyle issues, healthy habits and what services are available.
- Organise social events that express to your employees that you appreciate them and the work that they do.