New research shows that health and well-being programmes in the workplace can deliver a return on investment of six to one through lower absence rates and improved productivity.
The launch of the Royal Institute of Public Health’s new 'health signposting' qualification – 'Understanding Health Improvement' - highlighted how peer communication and support are most effective in influencing staff to change their behaviour and choose a healthier lifestyle. Staff, rather than healthcare professionals, are best placed to guide employees towards eating more healthily, doing more exercise, stopping smoking and drinking responsibly.
Supporting staff health and well-being bring tangible financial benefits, according to Vielife Ltd, a company specialising in health and well-being programmes. Their research shows that 25% of total healthcare costs are directly attributable to lifestyle choices such as lack of exercise, excessive alcohol and smoking. Health intervention programmes in the workplace can have a big impact on the business bottom line.