Few firms would disagree that their employees’ health and wellbeing matters – or that the issue is rising up their agenda.
Almost 1 in 3 people of working age in the UK have a long-term health condition. The proportion of people saying that their physical or mental health isn’t good has increased over the past 10 years. And last year, every day that someone was absent from work due to ill health cost UK businesses on average £720.
When the UK’s productivity is under the spotlight, many employers are recognising that a well-thought-out health and wellbeing strategy helps to boost performance and make their company a better place to work.
But 71 per cent of firms say they are finding it hard to take practical action because they are not clear about what really works.
In Front of Mind, the CBI, in partnership with Bupa and HCA Healthcare, draws on evidence from nearly 350 UK businesses to set some basic principles that all firms can follow. The aim? So that more of them can invest in their employees’ health and wellbeing with confidence.