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Work Health Index

Progress on your journey to a healthier, happier and more productive workforce.

From larger businesses to SMEs, firms across the country have a role to play in creating a healthier, more productive workforce, through the prioritisation of employee health. Working days lost to ill-health cost the UK economy £300bn a year. Business playing a greater role in supporting workforce health can reduce this by 10-20%, saving £60bn per year. But that’s not all. Prioritising employee health also supports recruitment, job satisfaction and retention - all key to establishing a competitive advantage.

The opportunity for business

When it comes to health of your workforce, its hard to argue with the numbers.

Businesses that invest in the health and wellbeing of their staff are more likely to experience decrease in sick days, increased retention and productivity gains.

  • HSE has reported that since 2019 there has been a 40% increase in working days lost due to poor ill-health due to work-related stress.

  • Mental health alone costs UK employers up to £45bn each year. Mental and musculoskeletal health are the biggest health issues and cost faced by employers.

  • Health interventions taken by business can account for 10-20% reduction in the workforce disease burden by 2030, generating £60bn for the UK economy.

What can your business do now?

Access practical tools with recommendations for your organisation across the Work Health Index's four chapters, including actions to take, case studies from other businesses, and readily available support.

  • Boost your health and wellbeing baseline

  • Take a preventative approach

  • Get your people living well

  • Support your people's wellbeing

The Work Health Index

Find out more about the CBI's Work Health Index and discover where your business is on the journey to a leading health offer.

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    Work Health Index: benchmark and develop your employee health offer 

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    Your roadmap to a leading employee health offer

Browse all resources

The CBI has curated readily available resources to support your business on the journey to a healthier, happier and more productive workforce. Use the timeline below and filter by WHI chapters (Work, Live, Move, Thrive) to access the most relevant information for your firm.

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