In July, the government published its delayed response to the ‘Health is Everyone’s Business’ consultation. The response was welcome, with measures designed to minimise short and long-term sickness absence from work. But the need for better guidance and support to help employers build healthier workplaces is now greater than ever.
Employers want to do more to build healthier workplaces
Many surveys suggest that employers want to do more to support the health and wellbeing of their employees. The pandemic has highlighted the importance of health and wellbeing in work to support happy and productive employees, and, what’s more, employers increasingly believe that they have a moral duty to look after their employees’ health.
Research carried out by the ABI with Norstat last November showed 60% of SMEs acknowledge that providing health and wellbeing benefits has a high impact on supporting the productivity of their company. This sentiment is supported by research by the Mental Health Foundation that found supporting employee wellbeing can increase productivity by as much as 12%.
But with the end of most Covid-related restrictions, companies are busy adapting to the ‘new normal’ and employers have plenty on their minds – they need simple solutions. So what can they do to support employee wellbeing?
A legal requirement provides an opportunity to support employees’ health and wellbeing from day one
In April 2020, new rules came into force setting out the information workers are entitled to receive from their employer about benefits when they start a new job. A ‘written statement of employment particulars’ – or ‘Day One Statement’ as it is simply known – must show details such as hours of work and holiday entitlement, but there is so much more that can be included. Although employers don’t have to provide details of other available benefits that support employees’ health and wellbeing. this is an opportunity to go further that should no