Engagement and Wellbeing

Creating healthier, happier and more productive employees is a key issues that responsible businesses focus on.

We are working in really tough times which look set to continue. People are putting in longer hours, are more stressed and feel anxious about the future, particularly job security and their financial future.

  • The UK is ranked ninth for engagement levels amongst the world’s twelfth largest economies as ranked by GDP (Kenexa 2009)

  • A recent ONS survey found that output per hour in the UK was 15 percentage points below the average for the rest of the G7 industrialised nations; on an output per worker basis, UK productivity was 20 percentage points lower than the rest of the G7 in 2011. This represents the widest productivity gap since 1995.

  • Stress at work, leading to long-term absence, has more than doubled since the 1990s, with an estimated 500,000 suffering from work-related stress in the UK. Yet only a third of employees received any support to manage workplace stress.

  • Raising engagement and productivity was a key challenge in 2013 highlighted by CEO’s in the recent CEO Challenge study.

What we ask of business

  • We ask business to take a proactive approach to managing employee wellbeing and engagement by adopting BITC’s Workwell model, because your business is at its best when your people are at their best.
  • We would like business to commit to a journey of improvement on wellbeing and engagement.
  • With our help, we ask businesses to publically report on employee wellbeing and engagement against the BITC benchmark.

What we offer business

  • Our ‘Building the Movement’ Programme' featuring debates, webinars and workshops, as well as the option to become a member of the Workwell Leadership Team.
  • We also offer healthy workplace packs; toolkits on issues such as healthy eating and muscular skeletal disorders and a free on-line tool for managers – managing emotional resilience
  • We can offer help and advice to any businesses who wish to develop in any area of employee wellbeing and engagement.

The case for business involvement

Despite clear evidence that good workplaces have higher productivity, greater employee retention and improved customer satisfaction, only a third of UK employees are actively engaged at work and levels of stress and mental illness are rising. A three year study across 41 global companies showed that operating margin improved by 4% in organisations with high employee engagement and declined by 2% in those with low employee engagement (Towers Watson, 2010)

Businesses are putting their long term success at risk as at least 20 million workers are not delivering their full capability. Employee absence costs the economy more than £17 billion a year and trust is falling with only 40% of employees believing their bosses act with integrity.

The business case for promoting wellness and engagement is clear. A healthy, engaged and resilient workforce is more productive and profitable in terms of efficiency, customer relations, team working loyalty and retention, and sustainable performance.

Most business leaders know instinctively that a happy, healthy workforce is a productive workforce, but many still treat employee wellness and engagement as an ‘optional extra’ rather than as an integral part of the way they do business.

How we can help

BITC's Wellbeing at Work is a coalition of businesses committed to improving levels of understanding of the role of workplace wellness.

It has been developed by international business leaders to build company resilience. It is the first model to support the creation of good workplaces and to successfully integrate all aspects of people management alongside business objectives.

This campaign is changing the way employee performance is measured, reported and tracked as an indicator of business success.

The Workwell movement aims to help UK business create the most engaged workforce in the world.

By working to prove the case, spread good practice and providing practical support, our goal is to inspire employers to help their people flourish.

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Key contact

Danielle Wolman ContactDanielle Wolman
Wellbeing at Work Co-ordinator

T: 020 7566 6641
E: danielle.wolman@bitc.org.uk