Employee Wellbeing Research 2017: Wellbeing initiatives that are most effective for the business
Wellbeing initiatives that are the most effective for the business and those that are most popular with employees differ, according to ‘Employee Wellbeing Research 2017: The evolution of workplace wellbeing in the UK’ from Reward & Employee Benefits Association (REBA) in association with Punter Southall Health & Protection.
The research shows that the top three wellbeing initiatives that are most effective for the business – in terms of reducing sickness absence for example - are employee assistance programmes (71.4%), onsite medical support (65.5%) and mental health support (55.8%). However, this differs to those initiatives that are most popular with employees in terms of take-up rates and positive feedback. Here free fruit topped the chart at 60%, followed by discounted or free gym membership at 42.2% and onsite medical support at 41.4%.
“These results show that it’s not always those benefits that are the most popular with employees that are the most effective for the business,” said Debi O’Donovan, director at the Reward & Employee Benefits Association. “Employers must balance the need to provide popular options such as these with the need to provide initiatives that help achieve business goals, such as high attendance rates and increased productivity,” she said.
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