8 in 10 British workers are overweight or living with a long-term illness that limits their productivity and thus costs the economy £21.5bn a year. Businesses now cite stress as their number one cause of long term sickness absence, yet there is still a stigma surrounding this issue being raised within the workplace.
The UK is ranked just ninth for employee engagement levels amongst the world’s twelfth largest economies. More and more businesses recognise the imperative of creating happier and healthier workforces and positioning engagement and wellbeing as a strategic board room issue. As well as benefiting individuals, improved employee engagement and wellbeing builds business resilience, performance and productivity.
The Engagement and Wellbeing category recognises businesses, that demonstrate an integrated approach to measuring, improving and then publically reporting on their employees’ engagement and wellbeing.
Our independent judges will be looking for evidence of a programme fully embedded throughout the organisation that can demonstrate positive results, and to this effect we recommend that the programme is more than one year old.