Better health care could help workers avoid putting their employment before their own wellbeing.
A recent study from Aviva has revealed that 78 per cent of employees questioned would consider going back to the workplace before they had fully recovered from a period of illness.
The study also found that just 22 per cent of workers would never be prepared to sacrifice their health in order to make a hasty return to the office.
However, research from BITC suggests that companies whose employees look after their wellbeing and health are more likely to turn a profit.
Maria Bourke, founder and managing director of Let's Get Healthy, backed up the study, noting that companies who had implemented their "monthly health needs analysis" saw a boost in wellbeing and performance.
She added that some of the firm's clients had seen their absence rates go from "eight per cent down to 3.5 per cent, saving them hundreds of thousands of pounds".