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BHWA Welcomes CIPD Employee Wellbeing Report
Report identifies ‘wellbeing vacuum’ in UK workplaces. Wednesday 27th January saw the publication of the Chartered Institute of Personnel & Development’s highly anticipated report, Growing the health and wellbeing agenda: From first steps to full potential, which recommends the void is filled. It suggests the majority of employers are reactive rather than proactive when it comes to the health of their employees, with fewer than 10% of businesses having established stand-alone wellbeing frameworks.
The CIPD warn that continued failure to implement health and wellbeing strategies will threaten both employee and business health. Urging employers to build employee wellbeing into their overall business strategies and decision-making processes, the CIPD have made a valuable contribution to growing body of both evidence and thought that recognises that businesses profit from healthier workforces.
The Institute’s recently elected President, Professor Sir Cary Cooper said, “A workforce that is well works well, but we’re still seeing far too many people doing more work than they can cope with, working long or unsociable hours, suffering from technology overload and unable to switch off. Organisations need to take better care of their people and recognise how the demands of work can affect their physical and mental health as well as their ability to perform well at work.”
“In the fast-changing world of work, wellbeing has never been more important. With the UK at the bottom of the G7 and near the bottom of the G20 countries on productivity per capita, the way we manage people and create cultures that enhance wellbeing are now bottom-line issues.”
Cooper also remarked that “the way we manage people and create cultures that enhance wellbeing are now bottom line issues. It’s high time business leaders recognise this and create cultures where wellbeing is centre stage and people are happy, healthy and committed to achieving organisational success.”
The report suggests HR professionals are uniquely positioned to bring about such a step-change and to put health and wellbeing at the heart of business operations. It also asks that the government implements a system of standards for FTSE 350 firms and public sector organisations to measure, report and benchmark employee health and wellbeing.
The report asks employers to focus on proactive employee wellbeing programmes rather than remaining rooted in the short-term. HR should lead the charge, convincing senior management, piloting initiatives and reporting on health, employee satisfaction and organisational measures in order to build an ever stronger case in favour of ongoing investment in health and wellbeing. The CIPD also sees financial tax incentives for organisations who commit to better employee wellbeing as something central government ought to consider.
It will come as no surprise that the BHWA welcomes this report and is optimistic that the CIPD’s data and intervention opens the field to a broader discussion, both within businesses and among the general public, about the many benefits of developing high quality employee wellbeing. Rest assured the BHWA will continue to beat the drum.
The CIPD report is available as a free download. Make sure your organisation is fully up to speed on the findings by visiting http://www.cipd.co.uk/research/health-well-being/default.aspx.
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