PROSPER MAGAZINE: ISSUE 01 | SECTOR FOCUS
CEO CALLS FOR EMPLOYERS TO JOIN TOGETHER TO BETTER WORKPLACE WELLBEING
A healthcare organisation is encouraging more businesses across the region to step up to the challenge of preventing costly absenteeism and presenteeism within their workplaces.
Following the publication of its Retain, Reward, Recognise white paper which incorporates data from internal and external sources, Paycare’s CEO Kevin Rogers is anticipating a shift in awareness of employee health and wellbeing across 2019 — from a previous focus on the repercussions of workplace staff issues such as lost productivity, working days, and absenteeism, to a bigger focus on the prevention of such issues.
“Last year we saw a lot being said across all industries about the damage that absenteeism and presenteeism can have on a business. With support from the NHS, government, and business leaders across the UK, the emphasis is moving to more importantly what can be done to prevent these issues from becoming a problem in the first place.”
According to Aviva, presenteeism is continuing to have a staggering effect on the economy, costing businesses £605 a year per person, with UK employers being affected to the tune of £15.1 billion annually.
The prevalence of presenteeism is thought to be much greater than absenteeism, with one in five people taking a day off work due to stress alone and 93% of these lying about their real reason for absence (MIND).
“Much of the emphasis has been placed on the effects of presenteeism and absenteeism on a business and on an individual in terms of their health and wellness, but we’re seeing this changing with more employers eager to prevent these from happening in the first place.
“And based on our recent research, we know that many problems that both employers and employees are facing in terms of low productivity levels and high absence rates can often be caused by underlying health problems such as mental health issues or physical problems such as musculoskeletal disorders.
“The challenge though is that businesses are being told left, right and centre that they need to focus on their staff’s health and wellness, but in reality have very little advice and guidance about how to improve, or even why they should.”
IT'S THREE-IN-A-ROW AS NUFFIELD HEALTH SCOOP PRIVATE HOSPITAL GROUP AWARD
Nuffield Health, which has a hospital site in Tettenhall, Wolverhampton picked up the award for Private Hospital Group of the Year for the third time at the Health Investor Awards 2019. The award is designed to recognise outstanding contribution to healthcare over the past 12 months, through innovation and excellence in healthcare products and services.
Nuffield Health differentiates its approach through personalised, connected services spanning the health and wellbeing continuum. By connecting its health and wellbeing services, Nuffield Health is pioneering a unique form of personalised healthcare with 94% of its hospitals receiving a ‘good’ or ‘outstanding’ rating from independent regulators.