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09 Aug 2019
by Rima Evans

Research: Two-thirds of boardrooms support the wellbeing agenda

Most board members support their employer’s wellbeing strategy although it’s other senior managers that drive it.


The Employee Wellbeing Research 2019, published by the Reward & Employee Benefits Association (REBA) in association with AXA PPP healthcare, revealed that two thirds (66.5%) of employers’ boardrooms support the wellbeing agenda, while only 9.2% of boards take steps to drive it across the organisation.

Instead, influencing the culture of wellbeing seems to be down to other senior managers, the study found.

Almost three quarters (72.1%) of organisations said top down commitment from other senior management was a key factor in promoting a wellbeing culture. Other important factors cited were the involvement of employees (63.9%) and the use of wellbeing champions in the workforce (58.4%).

The survey of 250 wellbeing, HR and employee benefits specialists highlighted that the most common reason employers introduced a wellbeing plan was to provide support and help to employees when they need it (26.7%).

However, business performance is also a key motivator. One in six (17%) launched a strategy to boost employee engagement, while a similar proportion (15.9%) did so to try and improve the organisational culture.

“The results show there’s a strong pull for organisations in using a health strategy to advance business performance concerns, such as productivity, employee engagement and retention of talent,” said the report.

Download a copy of the 76-page Employee Wellbeing Research 2019 (free to REBA Professional Members and all those working for REBA Associate Members).

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