Employee health and wellbeing is an increasingly relevant consideration in the modern workplace and is now one of the top five boardroom issues. It is a major factor in the performance and productivity of staff and as a result has knock-on effects on business effectiveness and profit. By developing a healthy culture, you can energise and motivate employees, creating a lively and positive workplace.
The number of working days lost to stress rose by almost a quarter last year, suggesting that employers need to do more to address this “growing epidemic”. Workplace health and safety figures released by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) showed that 15.4 million working days were lost to work-related stress in 2017/18, compared with 12.5 million the previous year. With an average of 25.8 days lost per case. Stress, depression and anxiety accounted for 57% of all working days lost in 2017/18.
How can businesses benefit from employee wellbeing?
Putting in place some key initiatives to support your business can provide major benefits.
They can IMPROVE:
- Employee health and wellbeing
- Employee engagement
- Productivity and motivation
- Brand and corporate image
- Customer service quality
- Corporate social responsibility
- Individual and team performance
They can REDUCE:
- Sickness absence
- Stress levels
- Absence costs
- Staff turnover
- Recruitment costs
- Training costs
- Health insurance
- Liability cover and litigation risk
- Poor performance
How much is employee absence costing your business?
The Government have produced a workplace wellbeing tool to help you work out the costs of poor employee health to your organisation and create a business case for taking action. You can use this tool to:
- calculate the annual cost of employee ill health, absence from work and staff turnover
- create business cases for workplace health and wellbeing initiatives
- estimate the return on investment of setting up a health and wellbeing programme
Reducing the cost of employee absence
We can work with you to reduce both the cost and impact of absenteeism on your business.
Reducing employee sickness
The management of sickness absence is paramount and must be done effectively and efficiently. Effective absence management involves finding a balance between providing support to help employees with health problems stay in and return to work and taking consistent and fair action against employees who try to take advantage of organisations’ sick pay schemes. We can partner you to manage these situations to ensure that you get the best solution for your company and the individual.
Ensuring a good work-life balance
Finding the right balance between home and work can sometimes be tricky, but when the balance is right both the individual, their families and the organisation will benefit. We can advise you on making this work on both sides of the employment relationship.
Workplace health and safety
There are legal obligations on employers in relation to health and safety and we can advise on the obligations which affect your business, and help you with the risk assessment process, health protection and accident prevention, employee training and awareness, and record keeping.
Employment law support
Kent HR is integrated with the South East’s largest employment law team at award winning law firm Brachers LLP, meaning that legal advice is available when needed for those difficult situations, giving you peace of mind knowing that your business is in the hands of specialists.
Flexible HR support packages
Kent HR provides a range of options available to suit your business requirements and objectives, whether you need support with a one-off HR project or whether you would like the peace of mind of having an HR expert available as and when you require.
Employee management support for small businesses
Our HR consultancy is designed to be an extension of our client’s organisations and is set up to provide HR advice and support to small businesses as and when challenges arise. We support smaller businesses in the management of their employees and assist with the development of processes; including policies, procedures and documents templates.
Employee management support for medium and large businesses
We pride ourselves on the relationships we develop, which enables the Kent HR team to really get to understand the client’s business goals, processes and requirements and provide practical and commercially focused solutions. Our HR support services are ideal for large organisations during peak times, during periods of organisational change and when complex HR issues arise.
HR support retainer
Clients can pre-purchase a bulk amount of retainer time in advance and at a discounted rate, to be used as and when required – to meet client’s on-going or occasional requirements.
These hours can be used in any way that suits business requirements. There are no restrictions on the type of HR consultancy advice or type of work which can be carried out within the allocated hours.
Brachers Connect; partnering with you to provide complete HR compliance and management solutions
We want to ensure that our clients are supported all year round, not just when there is an issue. Brachers Connect is an HR management and compliance package in one simple package. Ideal for SMEs, this complete compliance package is provided by our employment lawyers in partnership with Brachers LLP. For a fixed monthly fee, you will have access to online HR management and compliance software and an HR advice helpline for legal and operational support. Find out more about Brachers Connect.
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Have you got some specific sickness absence situations that you need support on? Or would you like help in using the Government tool or creating a wellbeing strategy?
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