Nearly one in five UK employees feel their workplace has changed in the past year and their employer now cares less about their health and wellbeing, according to research by Simplyhealth.
Increased workloads, failure of employers to manage absence effectively and greater stringency around time off for medical appointments are the main reasons.
More than a third of employees felt health and wellbeing was most important at work, ahead of career progression opportunities. It also increases their loyalty, as three quarters of those who felt their employer cares about wellbeing describe themselves as very loyal. In turn, one in ten employees have left an organisation where they did not feel their employer cared about their health and wellbeing.
James Glover at Simplyhealth says, "Health and wellbeing is highly valued by employees and a key driver in their level of job satisfaction, loyalty and motivation. If employers fail to recognise this, they could lose talented staff .An effective wellbeing strategy caters for employees' physical and emotional health. The results can improve morale, boost productivity, reduce sickness absence and aid retention."