Prevent your workplace from losing £££!

Posted: Sun, 23 Sep 2018 10:00

Prevent your workplace from losing £££!

UK businesses are facing on average 4.4 days sick leave per employee, consequently costing the UK economy over £9bn each year. With the workforce getting older and sicker, 1 in 3 employees now have a long-term health condition.

There are many organisations in Leicester-Shire and Rutland punching way beyond the national average in terms of costs and days lost to sickness leave, it is time for our employers to act!

Lack of time, flexibility, and the ability to build healthier options into current daily routines are frequently cited as the biggest barriers to leading a healthy lifestyle. Employers have a responsibility to protect and support the health and wellbeing of our staff. Employees benefit from improved morale, higher productivity and physical/mental health benefits, while organisations can also reap the benefits of higher staff retention rates and reduced absenteeism/associated costs.

There is an increasing national focus on our workforce's health and wellbeing, which means there is an urge to support our local businesses. Leicester-Shire and Rutland Sport have developed the [email protected] package which organisations across Leicestershire, Leicester and Rutland can access free of charge.

The package is designed to identify areas of concern and set a baseline of employee health and has been developed to support organisations by:

  1. Identifying the workplace's health and wellbeing priority areas using a Workplace Health Needs Assessment (WHNA).
  2. Embedding a Workplace Health Action Plan to produce a healthier, happier, and more productive workforce.

A WHNA is a process of gathering information on a specific group, such as employees, to shape investment to improve health and wellbeing. This involves conducting a survey of staff and analysing the results with the view to helping organisations produce a health and wellbeing strategy/intervention involving activities that are appropriate to the needs of employees.

The Workplace Health Needs Assessment is sourced from Public Health England & Healthy Working Futures (2017) 'Workplace Health Needs Assessment'.

More information: www.lrsport.org/whna

If you are interested in finding out more about the [email protected] package, the Workplace Health Needs Assessment, or would like to sign up for this opportunity, please contact:

Bryany Cornish

Assistant Sport Development Officer

Email: b.cornish@lrsport.org

Tel: 01509 564874

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