Employee Wellbeing Research 2018: Boards need to take more of a driving seat with wellbeing


More than two-thirds (67.6%) of boards support their wellbeing agendas but less than one in 10 (7.7%) actively drive such agendas, according to recent research.

Employee Wellbeing Research 2018

The Employee Wellbeing Research 2018 published by Reward & Employee Benefits Association (REBA) in association with Punter Southall Health & Protection, showed that more than a third (37%) of those surveyed believed the board’s primary reason for addressing employee wellbeing was from a genuine concern for staff. For another third (33.8%) it was believed to build a positive organisational culture.

But boards need to do more. Only a third (35%) of respondents provide training for line managers to help them support and promote employee wellbeing and respondents felt bosses could do more to drive wellbeing in their companies. 

“It’s positive that boards are getting behind and supporting wellbeing agendas and that many employees feel that it’s from a genuine concern for their wellbeing,” said Debi O’Donovan, director at the Reward & Employee Benefits Association.

“However while being supportive is a start it would be good to see boards, or other senior leaders, more directly driving such strategies, especially given the business benefits an effective health and wellbeing strategy can bring,” she said.

Download a copy of the 88 page Employee Wellbeing Research 2018 (free to REBA Professional Members and all those working for REBA Associate Members).

If you would like to learn more about employee wellbeing, register here to attend the Third Annual Employee Wellbeing Congress on 5 July 2018.


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