Just one in three UK businesses prepared to handle employee wellbeing concerns

Prioritising Employee Wellbeing - A Must for Business Success

Darryl Horn, Wednesday, 1 November 2023 • 2 min read

The world of business has undergone remarkable transformations in recent years. With employees at the heart of an organisation's success, prioritising their wellbeing has emerged as a critical factor. However, a concerning trend has emerged in the UK, with just one in three businesses adequately prepared to address employee wellbeing concerns. It's high time for businesses to step up and make employee wellbeing a central focus.

The Alarming Data

The Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) recently released a report that revealed a stark reality. Only 33% of UK businesses are fully prepared to manage employee wellbeing concerns. This data underscores the urgent need for businesses to reevaluate their approach to employee welfare.

According to Sarah Williams, an industry leader in workplace wellness, "Employee wellbeing should be a non-negotiable priority for businesses. Not only is it essential for the mental and physical health of the workforce, but it also significantly impacts an organisation's performance and bottom line."

Taking Action

As businesses face this challenge, there are several proactive steps they can take to enhance employee wellbeing:

  1. Invest in Wellbeing Initiatives: Allocate resources to employee wellness programs that address both physical and mental health. Offer virtual mental health workshops, flexible working options, and on-site wellness spaces.

  2. Foster a Supportive Culture: Create a workplace culture that encourages open conversations about wellbeing and mental health. Ensure leadership teams are well-equipped to manage employee wellbeing.

  3. Offer Flexibility: Implement flexible working arrangements to accommodate diverse employee needs. This can include options for remote work, flexible hours, and compressed workweeks.

  4. Provide Training: Equip managers and leaders with the necessary training to support employee wellbeing. They should be able to identify signs of distress and offer support.

In conclusion, employee wellbeing is no longer a 'nice-to-have' but a 'must-have' for business success. Businesses need to acknowledge the data and make the changes required to ensure a healthier, happier, and more productive workforce.

It's time to make employee wellbeing a priority, not only for the sake of the employees but for the prosperity of the businesses themselves.

Just one in three UK businesses prepared to handle employee wellbeing concerns
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This article was first published on 1/11/23.

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Darryl is a Chartered CIPD Member, business leader and operational manager with 30 years experience in on-the-ground and strategic HR, specialising in Human Resources Management, Employment Law, Employee Relations and Learning & Development.


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