REBA/AXA PPP healthcare Employee Wellbeing Research 2019

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Your essential guide to the latest workplace wellbeing trends in 2019

Wellbeing has transitioned from being a niche benefit to a mainstream strategic concern in just three years according to our 2019 findings, with 68.4% of firms now having a strategy in place for monitoring employee wellbeing – more than double the percentage (29.8%) that had one in 2016.

This 72-page, in-depth research captures the trends and business drivers that are shaping employee wellbeing strategies and initiatives.

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Louise Aston

Louise Aston

Wellbeing Director

Dr Yvonne Braun

Director of Policy

Dave Dyson


Eugene Farrell

Eugene Farrell


Debbie Fennell

Senior Benefits Manager

Chris Horlick

Chris Horlick

Distribution Director

Charly John

UKI Insured Benefits Manager

Faye McGuinness

Head of Workplace Wellbeing Programmes

Tracey Newton

Director of People Performance

Diane Rudge

Head of Wellbeing

Rachel Suff

Rachel Suff

Senior Policy Adviser

Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson


Katherine Wilson

Head of Employment

Tiffany Wright

Reward and Benefits Manager

Debi O'Donovan

Debi O'Donovan

Co-founder & Director

Phil Hayne

Phil Hayne

Co-founder & Director

Maggie Williams

Content Director

Graham Brown

Graham Brown


Rima Evans


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About the survey

The REBA Employee Wellbeing Survey 2019 was carried out online between January and February 2019. Responses were received from 250 wellbeing, HR and employee benefits specialists working at organisations of various sizes and across a broad range of industry sectors.

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Executive Summary – stepping it up: strategies gather force

Chapter 1: Strategies – gaining power: rapid growth of wellbeing schemes

Chapter 2: Leadership and culture – core strength: senior management’s role in bringing wellbeing to life

Chapter 3: Budgets and spending – cost of good health: employers’ annual spend patterns on wellbeing activities

Chapter 4: Initiatives and insurance – spoilt for choice: the range of services provided by workplaces

Chapter 5: Measuring effectiveness and communication – gauging success: how employers evaluate wellbeing initiatives and relay their health messages

Chapter 6: Mental health – healthy minds and healthy bodies: bringing mental health on a par with physical health

Chapter 7: Disabilities and long-term health conditions – reaching out: government support for employers striving to create inclusive workplaces

Chapter 8: Conclusion – healthy numbers: the coming of age of wellbeing strategies


Appendix One: about the research

Appendix Two: Full list of respondents

Appendix Three: Who we are

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About the authors

This report was devised by Debi O’Donovan, Phil Hayne and Maggie Williams of REBA in association with AXA PPP healthcare.

The research was conducted and written by Graham Brown, edited by Rima Evans and designed by SallyannDesign.