Employee Wellbeing Research 2017: Rise in wellbeing strategies to improve engagement and culture
Employers in the UK are rolling out workplace wellbeing strategies at an unprecedented rate, according to a new research report, ‘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.
Nearly half (45%) respondents had a clearly-defined wellbeing strategy in place, compared to less than a third (30%) in the 2016 report. Of these, just over a quarter (26%) have had a strategy for more than three years.
Of those that don’t have a strategy in place, virtually all plan or wish to implement one – with 46% planning on implementing one this year, 24% in the next few years and a quarter (25%) having it on their ‘wish list’.
Debi O’Donovan, director at the Reward & Employee Benefits Association, said: “We have witnessed a tremendous increase in interest in employee wellbeing strategies over the past few years, and a growing recognition of the business benefits it can deliver.
“While for many employee wellbeing is primarily focused on physical and mental health, those at the vanguard are increasingly viewing employee wellbeing as the new total reward, the new employee engagement. This research highlights some of the exciting developments ahead and is a must read for all senior business leaders, and HR and reward professionals,”
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