Employee Wellbeing Research 2018: government support failing to hit the mark with employers


Government policies and initiatives aimed at supporting employers with health and wellbeing within the workplace are failing to do their job, according to a new survey. 

REBA Employee Wellbeing Research 2018

The results of the Employee Wellbeing Research 2018 published by Reward & Employee Benefits Association (REBA) in association with Punter Southall Health & Protection found that of a range of government initiatives aimed at supporting employee health take-up was often low and lack of awareness considerably higher than it should perhaps be.

The highest lack of awareness was around the Fuller Working Lives scheme where 73.3% of respondents hadn’t heard of it and 23.8% were aware of it but weren’t using it. In fact only 2.9% of respondents were using it – the lowest of all the schemes. The Fit for Work service was used by only 22.5% with 48.3% aware of its existence but not using it.

Access to Work was split roughly in three with a third each either using it, aware of it and not using it or not aware of it at all.

The figures differ when broken down by private sector, not for profit sector and the public sector.

“The government offers a range of support - full details of which are included in our report – but it’s disappointing that take-up and indeed awareness is so low in many cases," said Debi O’Donovan, director at the Reward & Employee Benefits Association. "More really must be done – particularly in the private sector – to make organisatiosn aware of the support services it offers or advice that it can provide employers when it comes to supporting the health of employees,” 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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