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About workplace health

Workplace Health logoMost adults spend a large proportion of their lives at work. This means that employers can play a key role in improving their staff's health and wellbeing. Having a healthy and productive workforce can help business success.


What is the cost of doing nothing?

Having an unhealthy and unhappy workforce costs businesses:

  • In the UK, around 141 million working days are lost every year to sickness absence (ONS, 2019).This costs UK businesses almost £92 billion a year (Vitality/RAND Europe, 2019)

  • Presenteeism (attending work while sick) has been called the biggest threat to UK workplace productivity. Mental health issues account for a significant percentage of presenteeism, costing UK employers around £27 billion each year (Deloitte, 2020)

  • Musculoskeletal problems (including back pain and neck pain) are a leading cause of sickness absence in the UK, second only to minor illnesses (such as coughs and colds) (ONS, 2019)

  • Mental health conditions are also a major cause of sickness absence. In the UK, 17.5 million absence days were due to stress, anxiety and depression in 2018 (ONS, 2019).


Save money by investing in staff health and wellbeing

Use the Department for Health and Pension’s detailed workplace wellbeing tool to work out how much your business could save.


Deciding where to invest in staff health and wellbeing? 

The workplace health needs assessment tool can help.

Public Health England have designed this tool for employers of all types and sizes. It is a simple way to gather anonymous information about the health of your workforce, via a staff survey. It also provides a baseline of data, that you can use to track your progress on health and wellbeing against.


Developing and evaluating workplace health interventions?

Public Health England have produced a 'Developing and evaluating workplace health interventions: Employer toolkit'.

This useful toolkit provides guidance for employers to develop their offer of workplace health interventions.


The workplace health offer in Staffordshire

There is a wide range of support available to Staffordshire businesses. Take a look at the 'Workplace health offer in Staffordshire' section for more information.


The benefits of a healthy workforce

Workplace health initiatives can benefit both employers and staff:

Benefits for employers:

  • Increased productivity
  • Reduced absenteeism and presenteeism
  • Greater staff retention
  • Reduced costs to train new staff
  • A more positive corporate image
  • Lower rates of early retirement due to ill health
  • Fewer workplace accidents and injuries

Benefits for staff:

  • Improved physical and mental health
  • Increased motivation
  • Less sickness and quicker recovery
  • Less stress and back pain
  • Improved staff morale
  • Greater work satisfaction 


Get in touch

Let us know the great things that your business is doing on workplace health by emailing Workplace Health.

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